Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation, commonly known as tubal sterilisation or having your tubes tied, is a method of permanent birth prevention. The fallopian tubes are cut, tied, or plugged during tubal ligation to permanently prevent conception.

Tubal ligation stops an egg from moving from the ovaries to the fallopian tubes while also preventing sperm from going up the fallopian tubes to the egg. Your menstrual cycle is unaffected by the treatment.

Tubal ligation is a procedure that can be performed at any time, including after childbirth or in conjunction with another abdominal surgery, such as a C-section. The majority of tubal ligation operations are irreversible. If reversal is attempted, it necessitates extensive surgery and is not usually successful.

Tubal ligation can be performed in the following ways:
  • A tiny incision under the belly button is used following a vaginal delivery (mini-laparotomy)
  • Anytime during a C-section
  • As an outpatient surgery with a laparoscope and short-acting central anaesthetic (interval tubal ligation)
Preparation for the surgery: Prior to the surgery

To ensure that you are not pregnant, you may be requested to take a pregnancy test.

During the surgery

If you undergo an outpatient interval tubal ligation, a needle or an incision is placed through your belly button so that your abdomen may be filled with gas (carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide). Then, inside your belly, a laparoscope is introduced.

In most situations, your doctor will make a second tiny incision in the abdominal wall to implant specific tools. These devices are used by your doctor to close the fallopian tubes by damaging or obstructing them with plastic rings or clips.

If you undergo a tubal ligation following a vaginal birth, your doctor will most likely make a tiny incision beneath your belly button to provide easy access to your uterus and fallopian tubes. Your health care practitioner will utilise the incision that was created to deliver the baby if you undergo a tubal ligation during a C-section.

After care

You'll feel some pain where the incision is made. You could also have the following:

  • Cramping or discomfort in the abdomen
  • Exhaustion
  • Bloating or gassiness
  • Shoulder ache

Before you leave the hospital, our health care practitioner will talk to you about how to manage any post-procedure discomfort.

You can wash 48 hours after the operation, but don't massage or stretch the incision. After washing, carefully dry the incision.

How can 7DMC help?

Tubal ligation is a safe and efficient method of preventing pregnancy. At 7DMC, we recommend this method of birth control as a smart idea if you:

  • You've reached the age of maturity.
  • You're in a solid relationship where both partners have decided to use birth control for the rest of your lives.
  • Pregnancy would put your health at danger.

When you come to see us, our experienced team of gynaecologists and medical professionals will guide you through this process so that you can achieve maximum health. Not only will your questions be addressed in a helpful manner, but your case will be handled with care, delicacy, and tact, allowing you to relax in the knowledge that you are in good hands.