Tubal ligation or “getting your tubes tied” is an effective, permanent form of birth control when you’re certain your family is complete. The experts at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, perform tubal ligation by removing the fallopian tubes entirely, making it impossible for you to get pregnant and greatly reducing your chances of developing ovarian cancer. To learn more about tubal ligation, call the office or schedule your appointment online.
Your fallopian tubes carry an egg from the ovary to the uterus each month. In these tubes, sperm meets an egg and then, if fertilized, implants in the uterus.
Tubal ligation is a sterilization procedure that blocks your fallopian tubes, so sperm can never meet an egg. At Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, the surgeons don’t just block or tie off the tubes; they remove the fallopian tubes entirely.
Every month, your uterus prepares for a possible pregnancy by building up the endometrium, or uterine lining. Your monthly period occurs when you don’t get pregnant; the lining of the uterus sheds to prepare for another cycle. Because tubal ligation affects the fallopian tubes, you still have a menstrual cycle after tubal ligation.
Tubal ligation does prevent pregnancy, but won’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you’re sexually active with multiple partners or your partner has multiple partners, a condom is still your best defense against STDs.
Recent clinical studies have yielded a breakthrough in the understanding of ovarian cancer. These studies have shown that 75% of ovarian cancer cases and 90% of ovarian cancer-related deaths occur due to cancer affecting the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries.
The removal of fallopian tubes leads to a dramatic reduction in the incidences and mortality of ovarian cancer. The team at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, therefore, follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendations to remove the fallopian tubes for women seeking permanent contraception.
Tubal ligation is one of the most common forms of permanent sterilization. If you’re 100% certain you don’t want to become pregnant in the future, it may be a good choice for you.
But, if there’s any chance you may want to have children in the future, tubal ligation is not advised. The procedure is not reversible. The team at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, can help you decide if tubal ligation, or another form of birth control, is best for your situation.
Women who have a genetic risk of ovarian cancer and who no longer plan to have children may also elect to have this procedure.
To learn more about tubal ligation and if it’s right for you, make an appointment at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, or book online today.