If you’re certain your family is complete, tubal ligation offers a permanent form of birth control. The team at Georgia Center for Women provide this procedure in a non-surgical way. Call the Atlanta, Emory, or Morrow, Georgia, location or book an appointment with the online tool to learn more about tubal ligation and if it might be the right step for you.
Tubal ligation is a way to permanently prevent pregnancy. You may know it as “getting your tubes tied.” The procedure involves blocking off the fallopian tubes so a partner’s sperm can’t meet up with your eggs.
Tubal ligation is often performed via laparoscopic surgery, but at Georgia Center for Women, the expert OB/GYNs use procedures such as Essure® that are non-surgical.
The procedure involves inserting instruments through your cervix, so no incisions are necessary. A metal coil is placed into the opening of each fallopian tube. Over the course of several months, your body forms scar tissue around the coil and this blocks the tubes so sperm cannot travel to an egg.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so you go home the same day. Most women report little to no pain following non-surgical tubal ligation.
You should wait about three months following non-surgical tubal ligation before trusting it for comprehensive birth control. Until you have an X-ray that ensures the tubes are fully blocked, the doctors at Georgia Center for Women encourage you to use another form of birth control.
Tubal ligation is a serious step in birth control. It is not reversible, so you should be certain you don’t want any more children (or any at all).
Unlike many forms of impermanent birth control, such as the pill or IUDs, tubal ligation doesn’t involve hormones. Tubal ligation leaves your uterus intact, so you continue to have your period and your estrogen levels are not affected so you won’t experience early menopause as you do with a hysterectomy.
Tubal ligation doesn’t protect you against contracting a sexually transmitted infection. So, if you have sex with multiple partners or a partner who has multiple partners, you’ll still need to use condoms to be safe from diseases such as chlamydia and HPV.
To learn more about tubal ligation and to discuss the procedure in detail, call Georgia Center for Women or book a consultation using the online tool.