Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that provides permanent protection from pregnancy. It is also known as tubal sterilization, tubal ligation, voluntary surgical contraception, tubectomy, bi-tubal ligation, tying the tubes, minilap, or “the operation”.
This procedure is completed by a provider making a small incision in the abdomen, then uses a small camera to locate and subsequently cut and tie the fallopian tubes closed, or block the tubes with electricity (electrocoagulation). By permanently blocking the tubes, eggs are unable to travel from the ovaries to meet sperm.
No lasting side effects to this method exist, but risks due to surgical complications are possible. This method is highly effective as less than 1 in every 100 will become pregnant after the procedure. Reversal of this procedure is not usually possible, so interested users should consult with their healthcare provider to ensure this is a good option for them.
Permanent contraception may be a good option for some individuals, but MCI is working to develop additional non-hormonal, reversible contraception options that target sperm producers. Follow us for more updates on these methods.
Nuts & Bolts: Tubal Ligation