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A tubal ligation is most commonly known as "getting your tubes tied". It is, as most will be aware of, a procedure that renders a woman permanently infertile. During a tubal ligation, a woman's fallopian tubes are severed. This means that eggs, which will still be produced, will not be able to be fertilized. Getting your tubes tied is a fairly invasive procedure. If you are considering permanent birth control options, what are the pros and cons of a tubal ligation? Benefits of tubal ligation

  • Once a tubal ligation has been completed, a woman never has to worry about birth control again. It is a very effective method, although the "99 percent effective" that medical sources quote does indicate a one percent failure rate.
  • If you are absolutely certain you never want any more children, tubal ligation will stay with you forever. If your current partner has a vasectomy, you always have the risk that you will have to worry about birth control again if you were to have another partner in the future.
  • If you are giving birth by cesarean section, a tubal ligation is not difficult to carry out at the same time.
  • Reversal of the tubal ligation procedure has a high success rate 98 percent according to some.

And the cons? This list is unfortunately going to be much longer than that of the vasectomy version of this post (see vasectomy pros and cons). Here you go...

  • A tubal ligation is much more invasive than a male vasectomy. Unless you are already having a c-section, do you really want your abdomen opened up when a vasectomy is that much quicker, and with fewer risks?
  • A tubal ligation is much more expensive than a vasectomy, or other forms of birth control. There are less invasive female permanent birth control options on the market.
  • Women already go through pregnancy and birth why can't the man "have the snip" and do something to his body as well, for a change?
  • In some cases, the fallopian tubes reconnect themselves, making a pregnancy possible.
  • Getting your tubes tied is a surgical procedure, with the associated risks of that.

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