Women have been sterilized in America for years through tubal ligation or a similar procedure. These procedures have traditionally required the surgeon to snip the ends of the fallopian tubes and sear them or tie them off so that eggs cannot be fertilized in the womb. This method is now being seen as an ineffective way to sterilize women.
The problem with this traditional method is that many women who seek sterilization later become pregnant. About one in 200 women who have a tubal ligation will get pregnant in the future, and up to half of those pregnancies could be ectopic, which means that the egg is fertilized within the fallopian tube. This can cause serious health complications, including death, if untreated.
The new method of sterilization that we prefer requires the doctor to completely remove the fallopian tubes and block them for sterilization. This newer method has a lot of advantages over the traditional methods of sterilization. Here are just a few examples.
- There is a much lower risk of ectopic pregnancy with this procedure. Because the fallopian tubes are completely removed, an egg cannot be fertilized within them. In addition, women are not likely to have a normal pregnancy after this procedure because there is no way for the egg to be moved into the womb for fertilization.
- Studies have found that this method of sterilization reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 50 percent.
If you have been interested in sterilization but were worried about its effectiveness, this procedure could be the answer you are looking for. You may also want to consider this method of sterilization if you were previously sterilized but have had an ectopic or natural pregnancy. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment.