After Tubal Ligation Surgery: Symptoms and Side Effects
There are many reasons that a woman may choose not to have children or not to have any further children. Regardless of the reason, tubal ligation surgery is usually the answer to resolve this very personal decision. Although, this type of surgery is not considered to be life-threatening; there are some potential symptoms and side effects that the patient should be aware of.
What is Tubal Ligation?
The tubal ligation procedure is used to block the fallopian tubes. This keeps any eggs from going down the fallopian tubes from the ovaries and into the uterus. Sperm will not be able to reach the ovaries as well, further decreasing the chance of pregnancy. This often irreversible solution is perfect for those women seeking a permanent birth control method.
Side effects of getting your tubes tied?
Bleeding and Infections – Some women may have excessive bleeding or infections after the surgery. This is common with many surgeries, and often requires further medical attention, depending on severity.
PTLS (Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome) – This condition can manifest with various symptoms after tubal ligation surgery and can include some of the following:
- Irregular periods
- Breast Tenderness
- Gaining Weight
- Decrease in Sex Drive
- Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
Organ Damage – Organs that may be damaged during tubal ligation include the bladder, ovaries, uterus, bowel as well as nerves and blood vessels. Although rare, some patients may require surgery to repair major blood vessels.
Ectopic Pregnancy – One of the more dangerous side effects of a tubal ligation surgery happens when a woman becomes pregnant after the surgery. In some of these cases, the fertilized egg remains in the fallopian tubes instead of moving on to the uterus. This type of pregnancy – called an ectopic pregnancy – presents a very dangerous situation for the patient and requires immediate medical care.
If a woman is considering tubal ligation surgery, she should consult her physician to ensure she understands all of the potential risks involved. Contact the experts at Advanced OB GYN Associates – you can depend on us for the information that will help you make the decision best suited to your needs.