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Permanent birth control surgery

Tubal ligation, or “tying your tubes,” is a surgical procedure that prevents you from becoming pregnant. It is a safe procedure that closes the fallopian tubes, which are connected to the ovaries and uterus. This sterilization method prevents sperm from reaching any unfertilized egg, which can lead to pregnancy.

After the procedure, you will still have your periods and can have sex normally. However, patients may feel more at ease because they don't have to worry about unwanted pregnancy. Having your tubes tied does not affect your hormones, change your periods, or bring on menopause. It does not cause the same side effects of birth control pills, like mood swings, weight gain, or headaches, nor symptoms caused by IUDs, like cramps, heavier periods, or spotting.

It is important to note that this form of birth control is only reversible for 50% to 80% of people who undergo surgery.

If you are considering tubal ligation, ARC Ob/Gyns are available to perform the procedure and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Is tubal ligation right for you?

You might want to consider tubal ligation if:

  • Are done having children
  • Are at risk of having a failed pregnancy
  • Pregnancy may become a complication for you
  • You don’t want children

This permanent form of birth control may not be the right choice if you are uncertain if you want children in the future.

What happens during a tubal ligation?

Here is the general process for a tubal ligation:

  1. All patients are given medicine to help prevent feeling pain during the surgical procedure.
  2. The surgeon will make one or more small cuts (incisions) near your belly button. Sometimes the surgeon makes a small incision in your lower abdomen as well.
  3. Gas may be pumped into your belly to inflate it. This gives your surgeon a better view and more room to work.
  4. The surgeon will put a narrow tube with a light and a camera on the end, called a laparoscope, into your abdomen. 
  5. Your surgeon will use long, thin instruments put through the laparoscope or through another tiny cut to find and grab hold of the fallopian tubes.
  6. After surgery is done, the surgeon will close the incisions in the skin, probably using 1 to 2 stitches. They will cover the area with small dressings.

What happens after a tubal ligation?

After your surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room while you recover from the anesthesia. You will probably be able to go home in a few hours.

Here is what you can probably expect at home:

  • You will be able to gradually resume your normal diet.
  • Some discomfort is normal. Ask your surgeon what medicines to take for pain.
  • You may have shoulder pain for a few days. This is from the gas that was pumped into your belly. Lying down for a while often relieves this pain.
  • Keep your incision areas dry for a few days. Follow your surgeon's instructions on bathing and dressing care. You may need to go back to have your stitches removed. Keep all your follow-up appointments.
  • Gradually resume normal activities in a few days.
  • Avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks. Ask your surgeon when you can return to specific activities.
  • You may be able to return to sexual activity in about 1 week.

Tell your surgeon about any of the following:

  • Increasing pain or pain that is not relieved by medicine
  • Any drainage, bleeding, redness, or swelling
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Dizziness or fainting spells

Locations & Providers

  • ARC Center Street
    22420 IH-35 Suite 203
    Kyle, TX 78640
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    • Shao-Chun Rose Chang-Jackson, MD, FACOG
      Shao-Chun Rose Chang-Jackson, MD, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.7

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

    • Christopher S. Cowden, MD, MPH
      Christopher S. Cowden, MD, MPH
      Obstetrics/Gynecology

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

    • Alessandra M. Taylor, MD
      Alessandra M. Taylor, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish, Portuguese

  • ARC Medical Plaza Specialty
    1401 Medical Parkway Building B, Suites 200, 211 & 220
    Cedar Park, TX 78613
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    • Jayme B. Evans, DO
      Jayme B. Evans, DO
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Karla T. Waller, MD
      Karla T. Waller, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

  • ARC North Austin Ob/Gyn
    12201 Renfert Way Suite 250
    Austin, TX 78758
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    • Sindura Bandi, DO, FACOG
      Sindura Bandi, DO, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Fluent in Telugu and Hindi

    • Andrea L. Campaigne, MD, FACOG
      Andrea L. Campaigne, MD, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Fluency in conversational/medical Spanish

    • Romy Ghosh, MD, FACOG
      Romy Ghosh, MD, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Caroline (Carrie) A. Kaufman, MD, FACOG
      Caroline (Carrie) A. Kaufman, MD, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

    • Anita R. Sandhu, MD, FACOG
      Anita R. Sandhu, MD, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Leah D. Tatum, MD, FACOG
      Leah D. Tatum, MD, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

  • ARC Seton Northwest
    11111 Research Blvd Suite 475
    Austin, TX 78759
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    • Guy V. Blumhagen, MD
      Guy V. Blumhagen, MD
      Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

    • Renu Chalasani, MD
      Renu Chalasani, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Cynthia Chaparro-Krueger, DO
      Cynthia Chaparro-Krueger, DO
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.6

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

    • Leah M. Mello, MD
      Leah M. Mello, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Sharon A. Vaz, MD, MPH
      Sharon A. Vaz, MD, MPH
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Spanish

  • ARC South Ob/Gyn
    4315 James Casey Street Suite 105 & 200
    Austin, TX 78745
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    • Crystal S. Berry-Roberts, MD, MBA, FACOG
      Crystal S. Berry-Roberts, MD, MBA, FACOG
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Sapna R. Bhagat, MD
      Sapna R. Bhagat, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients Languages: Fluent in Hindi; Intermediate fluency in Medical Spanish

    • Rachel L. Breedlove, MD
      Rachel L. Breedlove, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Tara A. Cherry, MD
      Tara A. Cherry, MD
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Alinda R. Cox, MD
      Alinda R. Cox, MD
      Gynecology
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Julia M. Voelkl, MD, MPH
      Julia M. Voelkl, MD, MPH
      Obstetrics/Gynecology
      4.9

      Accepting new patients Languages: German