For many women who are finished having children in Southern California, tubal ligation in Los Angeles will be one of the options that they consider for contraception. Before you make your decision on whether tubal ligation in Los Angeles is the contraceptive method for you we at Beverly Oaks Surgery want to provide you with a guide to the procedure, benefits, and potential risks.
What Is Tubal Ligation?
Often you will hear this procedure referred to as “having your tubes tied” as this type of surgery involves either cutting, blocking, or tying the fallopian tubes of the female patient, which prevents eggs from being fertilized by sperm by keeping the eggs from traveling from the ovaries into the fallopian tubes. About 700,000 women within the US undergo this procedure each year, with about 50% having it done after the birth of a child.
What Methods are Used for Tubal Ligation?
There are multiple methods that are used for tubal ligation including:
- Laparoscopy – Laparoscopy involves making very small incisions in the abdomen. Bipolar coagulation is the most popular type of laparoscopic method and uses electrical currents to cauterize sections of the fallopian tubes.
- Essure Method – This method involves the insertion of two metal coils into the fallopian tubes in order for scar tissue to form around the coils and block the tubes.
- Pomeroy Method – This involves suturing a loop of the fallopian tube, removing it, and then cauterizing the ends. This method is easier to reverse than other methods.
How Effective is Tubal Ligation?
Within the first year approximately 0.5% of women become pregnant after tubal ligation. Over the course of five years the total of number of women that become pregnant rises to about 13 in 1,000 women. Compared to tubal implants (which are a newer method of birth control) the risk of pregnancy is significantly lower for tubal ligation, with the number of women becoming pregnant two years after implants at roughly 1%. In a very small number of women the fallopian tubes may grow back together to form a new passage, referred to as recanalization.
What Are the Risks and Side Effects?
While tubal ligation is referred to as major surgery due to the fact that it involves the patient undergoing general anesthesia, major complications are typically rare and uncommon. Some minor complications that can occur include wound separation, infection, severe PMS symptoms, and irregular periods. More serious symptoms that can occur include painful ovulation, mental confusion and memory lapses, and depression or anxiety.
Before making a decision regarding tubal ligation in Los Angeles, consult with the gynecologists at Beverly Oaks Surgery. Just call us for a consultation today at 888-986-3996.