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Tubal Ligation: Common Misconceptions about Female Sterilization Surgery

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Tubal ligation is a widely-used method of female sterilization. Today we dive into some common misconceptions related to this type of birth control.

Often, sterilization and menopause get compared as almost equal terms. There is a misconception that after the surgery, the eggs stop ripening.

The truth is that this effective contraception method doesn’t disrupt ovarian activity or the body’s hormonal background.

The follicles and the eggs ripen, the corpus luteum is formed, ovulation and menstruation occur as normal.

Sterilization doesn’t affect sexual desire or weight gain/loss. The tubal ligation pregnancy chance is 0.01–0.03%.

There are no direct limitations to this method; however, there are contraindications for the surgery: abdominal and pelvic adhesions, high body mass index (BMI), an umbilical hernia, diabetes, blood coagulation disorders, as well as chronic lung and heart diseases.

There is a common misconception that after sterilization, a woman will never be able to conceive again.

Tubal ligation doesn’t affect the production and quality of eggs, but once it’s done, a natural conception is almost impossible and the only option is IVF.

A future mother’s egg is fertilized outside of her body and placed directly into the uterus.

The fallopian tubes are not involved in this process, and their integrity doesn’t influence the course of pregnancy and childbirth.

By undergoing sterilization, a woman doesn’t necessarily deprive herself of the ultimate opportunity to give birth to a baby. 

All in all, the natural chances of pregnancy after tubal ligation are, of course, close to zero, but you’ll still be able to get pregnant using IVF.

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