A surgical intervention makes it possible to benefit from permanent and irreversible contraception: the ligation of the tubes. Practical and effective for those who wish to use it, it nevertheless involves careful thought to avoid regrets.
It may have happened to you, when you were younger, to watch a child screaming in public, turn to your best friend, and say, “I’m going to have my tubes tied tomorrow!” Then comes the age when the joke makes us laugh less, and tubal ligation becomes a subject of real interest. Want to never have a child, need for medical reasons, search for permanent peace of mind … the reasons are as varied as they are personal. Here is some information to know before starting.
What is it about ?
The fallopian tube ligation is a definitive, permanent and irreversible surgery. Its goal: to prevent eggs and sperm from accessing the tubes. The operation can be carried out in several ways, but the most common is by laparoscopy.
Different techniques can be used:
- the tubes are cut and ligated;
- by electrocoagulation;
- we put a clip on the tubes.
The Essure method of permanent contraception is no longer practiced in Europe because of its significant side effects.
What happens after?
Tubal ligation is effective immediately after the operationThe green light from the doctor is essential before resuming sexuality and lifting heavy objects. Little by little, the body returns to its natural cycle, and the rules come back.
Are there any risks?
Any transaction involves risks. In the case of tubal ligation, this is particularly a lesion bowel, bladder or major blood vessels, pains pelvic or abdominal reaction to anesthesia, from a bad healing or infection and of treatment failure (0.5% of cases), resulting in an unwanted pregnancy (probably ectopic).
Another risk to take into account: theregrets. Go over all the possible scenarios you might face, such as divorce, loss of your spouse, or loss of a child, before taking action.
Do we need a minimum age?
The law of July 4, 2001 authorizes any adult, well informed, to benefit from this intervention. Theoretically, there is no condition of age, number of children, or partner agreement. In fact, a young 20-year-old woman will have difficulty finding a surgeon who agrees to operate. The latter reserves the right to refuse the intervention if he perceives that the woman is not ready, but he is supposed to direct her to a colleague. In all cases, a four-month cooling-off period is required between two consultations, as well as the signing of a consent sheet.
What if I change my mind?
It is possible to be re-operated for restore her uterine tubes. But the intervention is difficult, and does not fully return fertility. This is why it is essential to think carefully before making the decision to opt for a tubal ligation. If in doubt, you can opt for a long-term contraceptive method, such as the IUD or implant.