Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure for female sterilization which involves the fallopian tubes being cut, tied or blocked to permanently to prevent pregnancy.
Tubal ligation is performed as a permanent method of contraception and should only be done if you are certain you will not want to fall pregnant in the future. It is effective for women who are unable to use other methods of contraception or for women who have health problems that make pregnancy unsafe. Your doctor should make you fully aware of the risks and benefits of tubal ligation as it is not for everyone.
Although major complications of tubal ligation are not common, there are a few things you should be aware of. As with any surgery, infection or wound separation may develop so it is important to keep an eye on your incision after surgery. The risks of tubal ligation are greater if you are overweight, smoke, have a heart condition or diabetes.
The tubal ligation (sterilisation) is only recommended to women who completed their families and do not want to fall pregnant under any circumstances in the future (common ones would be having. a new partner who does not have children and wanting children in the new relationship or having lost a child). About 20% of women regret having tubal ligation and 5% of women seek reversal. The success rate of reversal of tubal ligation is about 10%. IVF is an alternative. Both options are very costly.