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30 Key Facts You Should Know About Tubal Litigation and Tubal Reversal
A wide range of birth control options are open to women who no longer want to have kids, including tubal litigation, where the fallopian tubes are cut, clamped, or tied to prevent eggs from being released into the fallopian tube.
If you are considering getting your tubes tied, here are some key facts you should know about it:
Tubal Litigation Key Facts
1) Tubal litigation is an outpatient medical procedure where your fallopian tubes are cut and tried to prevent pregnancy.
2) It is a kind of permanent female sterilization, although the option exists to reverse it any time you want.
3) Getting your tubes tied is sometimes confused with a hysterectomy where the womb and sometimes the ovaries are removed. However, with tube litigation, no part of your anatomy is removed; the fallopian tubes only get an obstruction put in place that would prevent the sperm and egg from meeting.
4) With a tube litigation, you would still ovulate and get a period every month, until you reach menopause.
5) Any woman is a good candidate for this procedure, so long as you are confident you no longer want kids.
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6) Most women decide to get their tubes tied while still pregnant and the procedure gets done right after delivery. This usually comes in handy if you decide to have a tubal reversal much later.
7) Recovery time after this procedure is typically 1 to 3 weeks during which time you can expect some minor side effects like abdominal cramping, dizziness, and nausea.
8) This procedure is 99% effective, making it a top birth control choice.
9) This procedure could either be done through a laparoscopy surgery or a hysteroscopic tubal ligation.
10) Some risks of getting your tubes tied include injury to other organs, bleeding, infection, and damage to the bowel.
11) There is no evidence getting your tubes tied makes you gain weight or causes belly fat.
12) Getting your tubes tied is known to be largely effective, however, one out of every two hundred women still go on to get pregnant after this procedure.
13) Most women wonder what happens to the eggs released by their bodies every month after a tubal litigation since one or more must mature each month.
Upon maturation, this egg doesn’t get released into the fallopian tube but is broken down and absorbed into the body.
14) This procedure is fairly permanent, however, there have been known cases where the tubes grew back together or a passage was formed (recanalization) allowing for the egg and sperm to meet.
15) You can also decide to intentionally reverse this procedure in a process known as tubal litigation reversal or tubal reversal.
Tubal Reversal Key Facts
Tubal reversal is the procedure women go through after deciding to get their tubes untied.
Here are some key facts you should know about it:
1) Like the procedure to have your tubes tied, tubal reversal is also a simple surgery to reconnect the tubes so the egg can be fertilized.
2) Once you decide to get the procedure done, your doctor will schedule you for some tests and exams to determine if you are a good candidate for this reversal.
3) The success rate after this procedure is 70 – 80% in women below 35 years and 30 – 40% in women above 40.
Women who are 40 years and over typically have a low success rate after the procedure.
4) Your doctor will also check your partner’s fertility health, including how active and viable his sperms are. There would be very little point in undergoing this procedure if it is determined your partner has severe fertility issues.
5) During the procedure, an incision is made in your abdomen through which the tubes are reconnected.
6) You can expect some soreness for a few weeks before you are completely healed. It takes up to a month for you to get complete healing.
7) After undergoing a tubal reversal, it is recommended you wait up to three months before trying to conceive to reduce the risk of having an ectopic pregnancy.
8) After the procedure you want to adopt a few fertility-boosting tips like eating healthy, taking fertility supplements, knowing your ovulation period, avoiding stress, and dropping unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking.
9) If pregnancy doesn’t occur within 3 – 6 months your doctor will prescribe a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) exam to check if the tubes are blocked.
10) Other options open to you after a tubal reversal include IVF and adoption.
11) Factors that determine the success of any tubal reversal procedure include maternal age, your health, your partner’s fertility health, your lifestyle choices, and the success of the surgery.
12) The surgeon in charge also determines the success rate. You always want to go for a surgeon with years of experience.
13) Undergoing intrauterine insemination or IVF increases your chances of success.
14) Ovulation still occurs after tubal litigation which means they continue still after the reversal surgery.
15) It is important to be at alert when you take in after a reversal to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.