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Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation (also known as having one's tubes tied) is a permanent form of female sterilization. It can be a surgical or non-surgical procedure that closes off the fallopian tubes. Learn about tubal ligation procedures, what to expect, risks, and costs. Discussion about tubal reversal - if a woman regrets this decision. Tips on making the decision to have your tubes tied. Myths also provided.

Get Your Tubes Tied: What Led to Your Decision or Is Preventing It?
Deciding on having a tubal ligation is such a big decision (if you have had your tubes tied or are considering it), please share your decision-making process. What led to your decision to get your tubes tied or what is preventing you from making this choice? How do you feel about your tubal decision now? How do you know that its time for permanent sterilization?

Tubal Ligation
Tubal ligation (also known as having one's tubes tied) is a permanent form of female sterilization. This is a surgical procedure that closes off a woman's fallopian tubes. Learn more about tubal ligation, what to expect, risks, and costs. Discussion about tubal reversal as a choice if a woman regrets this decision.

Getting Your Tubes Tied
Tubal ligation (also known as having one's tubes tied) is a permanent form of female sterilization. This is a surgical procedure that closes off a woman's fallopian tubes. Learn more about the various surgical tubal ligation procedures such as laparoscopy, mini-laparoscopy, and laparotomy (open tubal ligation), as well as what to expect. All...

Poll: What Are Your Thoughts About Tubal Ligation?
Tubal ligation (or having one's tubes tied) is a permanent form of contraception, making a woman permanently sterile (unable to get pregnant). There are two main types of tubal ligation procedures: those that require surgery and procedures (like Essure or Adiana) that don’t require surgery. What are your thoughts about tubal ligation? Please vote in my tubal liagtion poll.

Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy is one of the two most common methods of tubal ligation. Laparoscopy, also known as laparoscopic sterilization, is a surgical procedure that uses a thin, lighted tube called a laparoscope. In this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon closes the fallopian tubes by using rings, clamps, clips, or by sealing them shut with an electric current (electrocautery).

Mini Laparotomy
Mini laparotomy is one of the two most common methods of tubal ligation. A laparoscope is not used during a mini laparotomy. During this tubal ligation procedure, a small incision is made. The surgeon then pulls the fallopian tubes up into or out of the incision, closes them off with a device that ties and cuts them (or seals them shut) and puts the tubes back into place.

Laparotomy (Open Tubal Ligation)
A laparotomy procedure, or open tubal ligation, is considered to be major surgery. During a laparotomy, the surgeon makes a larger incision in the abdomen. Then, the fallopian tubes will be pulled up into or out of the incision, closed off (tied, clipped, or sealed shut) with a device, and put back into place. A laparotomy is usually performed right before or after some other type of unrelated abdominal surgery.

Culdoscopy
A culdoscopy, or transvaginal hydrolaparoscopy, is a vaginal sterilization procedure. It is considered to be minimally invasive surgery. During a culdoscopy tubal ligation, the surgeon makes an incision in the vaginal wall. Then, the fallopian tubes will be pulled out of the incision, closed off (tied, clipped, or sealed shut), and put back into place.

Colpotomy
A colpotomy (or culpotomy), also known as vaginotomy, is a vaginal sterilization procedure. It is considered to be minimally invasive surgery. During a colpotomy, the surgeon makes an incision in the vaginal wall. Then, the fallopian tubes will be pulled out of the incision, closed off (tied, clipped, or sealed shut), and put back into place.

Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy, is a procedure to remove the uterus and is considered major surgery. It is usually not used for sterilization, but it can be. A hysterectomy can be performed through the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy) or abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy). Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy is also another option. Types of hysterectomies include partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy, total hysterectomy, radical hysterectomy or complete hysterectomy.

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