Tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control that many women undergo. During surgery your fallopian tubes are cut, blocked or tied to prevent pregnancy, gas is pumped into your abdomen to assist the doctor in accessing your reproductive tract. The common side effect of the gas is bloating and cramping felt from your abdomen to your shoulders as the gas works its way out of your system. Pain from the small incisions is minor and typically does not affect your mobility after surgery. Ranked as one of the most popular methods of birth control, tubal ligation has detrimental side effects often not disclosed to the women opting for the surgery. Most are told there are few, if any side effects.
Tubal ligation may cause periods to stop altogether or cause them to be heavier than before surgery. Postmenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and weight gain have been reported by some women along with mood swings or depression. It’s been rumored the surgery can create a hormonal imbalance requiring hormone treatment therapy for the remainder of your life. Any hormone imbalance can cause your skin to change, ranging from adult acne to extremely dry patches and can also cause issues with the digestive system. Hormonal changes cause you to become irritable for no apparent reason. These symptoms are typically associated with menopause. The average age for tubal ligation surgery is around 32 years old; much too young to experience menopause. Few studies have been done to confirm or deny Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome and the argument continues with doctors saying post-tubal ligation syndrome does not exist. Doctors blame the symptoms on the fact that women stop taking birth control pills after surgery. Birth control pills are often used to regulate menstrual cycles, often making them lighter than what is normal for that woman had she not been using the pill. Can a tubal ligation reversal alleviate symptoms? Some women report a tubal ligation reversal relieved their symptoms; others say there was not a noticeable difference. Successful alleviation of symptoms is dependent on how well the original tubal ligation surgery was performed and the amount of scar tissue in the surrounding area of the fallopian tubes. Keep in mind, a successful tubal ligation reversal means you may get pregnant again. You decide is Post tubal ligation syndrome – fact or fiction?