If you do not plan on having children, tubal ligation can give you peace of mind. Often referred to as “having your tubes tied,” this common procedure is one of many offered by Ghassan Fanous, MD in Odessa, Texas. As a skilled OB/GYN physician, Dr. Fanous can help you navigate your fertility options with ease. To learn more and book a personalized consultation, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Tubal ligation is a medical procedure that offers a permanent type of contraception. The procedure prevents future pregnancies by blocking the fallopian tube pathway through which sperm normally reaches an egg.
The tubal ligation procedure doesn’t interfere with your normal menstrual cycle, and it is one of the most reliable forms of contraception for women who are sure they do not want to have children in the future.
There are different ways that Dr. Fanous can close off the fallopian tubes so that they do not allow sperm to reach an egg.
In a standard tubal ligation procedure, Dr. Fanous will give you a local or general anesthetic before making a few small incisions near your navel. Using small, specialized instruments, he seals your fallopian tubes with rings, clips, or small inserts.
The procedure is laparoscopic, which means it is minimally invasive, and you’ll have very minimal swelling, pain, or side effects afterward.
You shouldn’t experience much discomfort after a tubal ligation procedure, and you can go home the same day as your operation. Most women return to their normal activities quickly, and they can have safe sexual intercourse without the fear of getting pregnant.
Some women may also benefit from an ablation procedure in addition to tubal ligation, which involves the removal of uterine tissue that may be causing issues in the menstrual cycle. Ablation also prevents future pregnancies.
The most significant benefit of a tubal ligation procedure is that it is a permanent form of birth control. Women who have already had children or who no longer want to take a daily birth control pill or use other methods of contraception may find this desirable.
Unlike hormonal types of birth control, tubal ligation doesn't affect your periods or interfere with your natural menstrual patterns, so you can feel like yourself.
Tubal ligation is a standard, safe procedure that causes no adverse side effects. While it is a surgical method of contraception, it can save you money in the long run when compared with the costs of birth control.
To request a consultation with Dr. Fanous about the benefits of tubal ligation, call the office today or book your first appointment online.