For many women, there comes a point in life where they recognize that their families are complete and that they're ready for a permanent birth control method. Either a woman or her male partner can undergo the process of sterilization that leads to permanent, irreversible birth control. For women, the main mode of sterilization is to sever a woman's fallopian tubes, either through a surgical tubal ligation ("getting your tubes tied") or through a non-surgical hysteroscopic sterilization.
We'll explore both of these options, comparing and contrasting their approaches.
During a tubal ligation (also called surgical sterilization or "getting your tubes tied") your doctor cuts, ties or seals the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligations are effective immediately after the surgery. Women may feel better a couple of days after a tubal ligation, but should avoid heavy lifting for a week after the procedure.
Tubal ligation surgery is performed using laparoscopy.
During laparoscopy, you receive general anesthesia. Your abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to allow your doctor to clearly see your organs. The doctor then makes a small cut near your navel to insert a laparoscope.
A laparoscope is a small, rod like instrument that has a light and a viewing lens. The laparoscope is used to locate the fallopian tubes, which are then closed by cutting, tying, or sealing them. Laparoscopic litigations are outpatient procedures that take about 20 to 30 minutes.
Permanent birth control is an important decision. You should talk with your healthcare provider in depth before choosing sterilization to make sure it's the best option for your situation. Your OB/GYN physician can help you decide if surgical or non-surgical sterilization is the best option for you.
The doctors and midwives at All About Women are able to offer several options for permanent birth control to women in Gainesville, Lake City and surrounding communities.
Regardless of which type of birth control you choose, we're here to provide competent and compassionate healthcare. If you're interested in permanent birth control or long-term birth control like an IUD, call our Gainesville or Lake City office to schedule an appointment today, or continue browsing our knowledge center and blog for more.