In this day and age, women have far more choices to pick from when it comes to birth control. There’s the typical hormonal birth control such as Yaz or Sprintec that the woman takes daily, but if taking something daily is a headache, then there are other birth control options.
Women can get the Depo Provera injection or even the Mirena IUD if they don’t want to have to remember to take an item on a daily basis because their memory is poor.
For women who want permanent birth control, getting a tubal ligation is pretty effective but like any medical procedure, there are pros and cons to this method of birth control. Read on below to learn more about tubals and see if it’s something to seriously consider.
20 Tying The Tubes Can't Be Reversed, So Make Sure It's Right For You
Unlike other forms of birth control such as Depro Provera shot, getting a tubal ligation is pretty much permanent.
Mayo Clinic says that women that want to undergo this medical procedure should be 100 percent sure they’re cool with it being almost impossible to reverse before they make the appointment.
19 Take Precautions Against Infections Still, Since Tubals Can't Ward Off Germs
WebMD notes that getting your tubes tied isn’t a magical cure-all that will prevent both pregnancy and infections from occurring.
Women that get a tubal still have to take precautions when it comes to warding off different kinds of infections and make smart choices so that they don’t get germs.
18 Diabetes Doesn't Always Play Well With This Procedure
Like any other surgery in the medical field, getting a tubal ligation can come with some issues depending on one’s health and genetics.
The Mayo Clinic notes that sometimes, women with diabetes have been known to have a few health concerns pop up right after they get their tubes tied.
17 Attempting To Get Your Tubes Tied Might Not Work
No medical procedure can ever be 100 percent effective; that’s just not how real life works.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is rare but there have been some circumstances where the tubal ligation didn’t work and the woman wound up pregnant, although it usually manifested as an ectopic pregnancy.
16 You Might Wind Up Living With Constant Pelvic Pain
One downside of undergoing a tubal, says the Mayo Clinic, is that it can side effects and complications.
One such side effect—having constant pelvic pain all day, every day--can be particularly annoying and long lasting, so make sure you read up on the pros and con of this surgery.
15 This Process Might Mess With Your Tolerances To Anesthesia
Another annoying side effect that can crop up, says the Mayo Clinic, is that some women might notice that their tolerance for getting anesthesia is low.
That’s why if you get your tubes tied and need surgery after, tell your doctor so they can be aware of any potential issues.
14 You Can Get Your Tubes Tied After Giving Birth
According to the Mayo Clinic, one good thing about this procedure is that you don’t have to wait for a certain time to get it done.
Heck, new moms that don’t want any more children can get their tubes tied right after they give birth if they really want to.
13 Women Can Also Get This Done As An Outpatient Procedure
Thankfully, the Mayo Clinic notes that getting your tubes tied doesn’t require a long stay in the hospital or hours of surgery.
Tubals are typically performed as an outpatient procedure; the doctor uses short-acting general anesthesia with a laparoscope to make sure the tubes stay permanently off-limits to pregnancy attempts.
12 Say No To Bathing Until 48 Hours Have Passed
Just because tubal ligations are fairly easy procedures doesn’t mean that you’ll be back to normal right after the surgery is done.
The Mayo Clinic warns women that due to the stitches at the entry point, your doctor will urge you to wait about 48 hours before taking a shower.
11 Your Stitches Are Going To Be Throbbing With Pain Afterwards
Stitches in general are no fun and the Mayo Clinic adds that many women will experience a ton of pain when they first wake up after the procedure is finished.
The pain will likely last for several days, so talk to your doctor about any pain relievers they recommend afterwards.
10 No Need To Worry About BC Messing With Your Hormones
Planned Parenthood points out that one bonus of getting your tubes tied is that you’ll no longer have to worry about hormonal based birth control making your hormones go out of whack.
Say goodbye to birth control-based mood swings, cramps from the underworld and weird food cravings that hit randomly.
9 The Procedure Is Very Quick
Unlike other major surgeries such as repairing a dysplastic hip in an adult, Planned Parenthood writes that tubal ligation is easy peasy.
The entire procedure only takes about 20 to 30 minutes tops and with most patients, their doctor will let them go home the very same day.
8 It Usually Takes Two To Four Weeks To Fully Recover
Just like any other surgery, be it dental or medical, there is always going to be a recovery time for a tubal.
Planned Parenthood reassures women that the recovery time isn’t too long or arduous; most women that get the procedure feel better anywhere from two to four weeks post-op.
7 No Need To Take Another Type Of BC While You Heal
Unlike the now pulled from the market Essure procedure, Planned Parenthood says that getting a tubal ligation means that you don’t have to take any other kind of birth control while you heal.
That means when you get home, you can toss out the package of hormonal birth control ASAP.
6 Yes, You'll Still Be Visited By Aunt Flo
While getting a tubal ligation is a good way to have a permanent form of birth control, it is not a magic fix it for the uterus.
Sorry to break it to you, but Planned Parenthood writes that Aunt Flo will still come to visit unannounced every month without fail.
5 Make Sure You Take Care Of The Stitches Lest You Get An Infection
Planned Parenthood reminds women that are considering a tubal that even though the procedure itself isn’t that much of a big deal, there will still be stitches left from the surgery.
It’s very important to keep the stitches clean so that you don’t get an infection that causes even more discomfort.
4 Might Have To Stop Taking Certain Meds And Supplements Before The Surgery
Plenty of people take supplements like black elderberry syrup or certain meds without even thinking about it.
Hopkin’s Medicine warns women that you need to tell the doctor what items you take on an everyday basis because there’s a chance you might have to stop before the surgery.
3 Bust Out Your Best Comfortable Sweatpants For The Ride Home
There’s really no need to even wear jeans and a t-shirt when it comes time to have the tubal ligation done.
Hopkin’s Medicine notes that since you’ll be feeling a wee bit uncomfortable after the procedure, it’s better to wear comfy clothing like sweat pants or leggings to the doctor’s.
2 Ask Someone You Know To Drive You Home After Surgery
According to Hopkin’s Medicine, most doctors will recommend that a significant other, friend or relative drive you home after the surgery.
The reason why you shouldn’t drive after a tubal is due to the anesthesia and the fact you’ll be feeling out of it once the procedure is over with.
1 Getting Shoulder Pain Afterwards Is Totally Normal
One annoying side effect you should be prepared to deal with after getting your tubes tied is shoulder pain.
Hopkin’s Medicine says the reason why your shoulder tends to hurt is due to the gas that was put in your body to help the surgeon see what they are doing.
Sources: WebMD, Mayo Clinic, Planned Parenthood, Hopkin's Medicine