Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control. In women, sterilization often involves tubal ligation, or blocking off the fallopian tubes, but removing the fallopian tubes altogether in the sterilization process can provide multiple benefits. Namely, removing the tubes will increase the efficacy of the procedure while reducing the patient’s risk for ovarian cancer.
If you’re considering sterilization, it’s helpful to understand the benefits that having your fallopian tubes removed will provide to your long-term health. Read on to learn more.
What Is Sterilization?
In sterilization, the fallopian tubes can be blocked or removed. The fallopian tubes are responsible for moving the fertilized egg to the uterus so that it can be implanted. If the tubes are sealed off, the egg can’t reach the uterus, and the woman can’t become pregnant.
The failure rate (meaning that some women who underwent the procedure still got pregnant) of having the tubes blocked by clipping or cauterization is low, but still higher than that of having the tubes fully removed. Sterilization performed by removing the tubes altogether increases the success rate of the procedure. In fact, removing the tubes entirely reduces the failure rate to zero .
Removing the fallopian tubes during sterilization will provide improved protection against unwanted pregnancy, along with reduced cancer risk.
There are many different types of ovarian cancer. One form of ovarian cancer, however, frequently appears near the ovary at the end of the fallopian tube. This is called serous ovarian cancer, and it’s one of the most prevalent types of ovarian cancer today.
Genetic predisposition is a major risk factor for ovarian cancer. The mutated gene linked to ovarian cancer can be inherited from either side of the family. For this reason, women who have a genetic predisposition to ovarian cancer are often recommended by their doctors to have their fallopian tubes and ovaries removed once they’re done having children. By having these reproductive organs removed, women have a significantly lower chance of developing serous ovarian cancer.
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