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Tubal Sterilization (cont.)


Tubal Ligation Recovery and Results

Most women recover from the laparoscopic procedure with no problems. There are no tests required to confirm that the woman is now sterile (that is, unable to become pregnant) after a laparoscopic procedure.

During the first 3 months after the Essure or Adiana procedure, the patient must use another form of birth control. At the 3-month interval, the patient must then undergo a final X-ray procedure (hysterosalpingogram) in which dye is injected into the uterus and an X-ray is taken to confirm that the Fallopian tubes are completely blocked.

Other Tubal Ligation Alternatives

If a woman feels she wants a permanent solution to birth control, discuss options with a health care professional. Sometimes, younger women who choose this procedure regret their decision later. The younger the woman, the more likely she will regret choosing this permanent form of birth control.

The doctor will discuss your personal circumstances and your desire for future childbearing if your life should change. This is an important decision. Women with certain medical conditions may not be suited for this procedure.

Tubal ligation is surgery. Couples, when considering their options for sterilization, should weigh the benefits and risks as to whether the woman would undergo tubal sterilization or the man should have a vasectomy.

Tubal ligation is not temporary. Do not think of it as a procedure that can be easily reversed. Reversal of a tubal ligation is a major surgical undertaking, and it is only successful about 50% to 80% of the time (meaning the woman is able to conceive following the reversal).

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology


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