Risk and contraception : What women are not told about tubal ligation

http://www.popline.org/docs/1029/091715.html

Lyn Turney*

School of Social Inquiry, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic 3217, Australia
Available online 13 July 2002.

Abstract

Tubal ligation is a commonly used routine procedure for female sterilisation. It is promoted as a very safe and highly effective method of permanently controlling fertility. Yet, since the early 1930s, there have been reports in the medical literature indicating that there are both short-and long-term problems with the procedure. This article reviews the medical and scientific literature in which these problems are reported in an attempt to synthesise and make sense of the results and their implications for women. Contrary to the way it is promoted, tubal ligation is fraught with complications which place at risk the health and well-being of many women. Its sequelae includes many gynaecological problems ranging from torsion, hydrosalpinx, and endometriosis to irreversible interferences with the endocrine system. It is clear that tubal ligation is not the ‘clean cut’ procedure that it purports to be, and, in the interests of women, the myths about safety and efficacy need to be publicly dispelled.

The most common method of fertility control is tubal ligation. Physicians and some women promote tubal sterilization as an extremely safe and very effective method of permanent fertility control. Yet the medical profession has known since 1930 that significant numbers of women suffer serious and irreversible complications from tubal ligations; women have died from tubal ligation. Its mortality rates in Bangladesh, the UK, and US, are 1/5000, 1/10,000, and 1/25,000, respectively. Women experience complications both during and after surgery (e.g., twisting of the tube, sometimes accompanied by gangrene, and accumulation of fluid in a tube). After tubal ligation, many women develop endometriosis. Torsion, hydrosalpinx, and/or endometriosis contribute to increased menstrual pain. Disturbance of the local flora can cause sepsis (e.g., toxic shock syndrome). Some women have a severe inflammatory reaction to the silicone in clips and rings. Tubal ligation may be linked to an increased risk of cervical cancer.

Many sterilized women eventually undergo hysterectomy. Many women experience excessive bleeding during menstruation, but many physicians discount this as women not knowing their own bodies and subjective estimates of blood loss. Impaired ovarian blood supply and altered nerve supply to the tube and/or ovary are possible causes for post-tubal ligation menstruation problems. Many women experience memory loss, general decline in feeling of well-being, lethargy, and loss of libido after tubal ligation, indicating a spontaneous iatrogenic menopause. Yet physicians often attribute these symptoms to psychological problems, thereby denying women knowledge of their own bodies. Tubal ligation-induced problems should not be limited to the medical profession. We need to seriously examine the processes that keep this information from women.

Source: WOMEN’S STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM. 1993 Sep-Oct;16(5):471-86.

Abstract: The most common method of fertility control is tubal ligation. Physicians and some women promote tubal sterilization as an extremely safe and very effective method of permanent fertility control. Yet the medical profession has known since 1930 that significant numbers of women suffer serious and irreversible complications from tubal ligations; women have died from tubal ligation. Its mortality rates in Bangladesh, the UK, and US, are 1/5000, 1/10,000, and 1/25,000, respectively. Women experience complications both during and after surgery (e.g., twisting of the tube, sometimes accompanied by gangrene, and accumulation of fluid in a tube).

After tubal ligation, many women develop endometriosis. Torsion, hydrosalpinx, and/or endometriosis contribute to increased menstrual pain. Disturbance of the local flora can cause sepsis (e.g., toxic shock syndrome). Some women have a severe inflammatory reaction to the silicone in clips and rings. Tubal ligation may be linked to an increased risk of cervical cancer. Many sterilized women eventually undergo hysterectomy. Many women experience excessive bleeding during menstruation, but many physicians discount this as women not knowing their own bodies and subjective estimates of blood loss. Impaired ovarian blood supply and altered nerve supply to the tube and/or ovary are possible causes for post-tubal ligation menstruation problems.

Many women experience memory loss, general decline in feeling of well-being, lethargy, and loss of libido after tubal ligation, indicating a spontaneous iatrogenic menopause. Yet physicians often attribute these symptoms to psychological problems, thereby denying women knowledge of their own bodies. Tubal ligation-induced problems should not be limited to the medical profession. We need to seriously examine the processes that keep this information from women.

210 thoughts on “Risk and contraception : What women are not told about tubal ligation

  1. I had my tubal done March 2014. I’ve had heavy periods, clotting, intense pain that feels like labor when I have menstural cramps, intense bleeding where I fill a tampon (ulta. Like the biggest you can get that’s supposed to be good for 8 hours) and an overnight pad. It’s terrible that I have to wear both, but I fill both in less than an hour. I have one heavy day where I can’t go anywhere and just bleed. My libido is gone. Therer are so many symptoms I share with all of you and wonder why modern medicine tells us “we dfont know our own bodies”. I cry bullshit. I know my body better than some doctor. I know I hurt intensely during my period. I know how much blood comes out. I know what hell this has been. Someone in modern medicine needs to wake up! This is bull! Women should not be told we don’t know our own bodies or that we don’t know what we are talking about. We most certainly are not children! We raise them! There is no reason why this barbaric practice should continue if so many women are having such horrible side effects afterwards. It’s ihumane! Do we need to ban together and mass sign a petition to get this researched properly?!? I suggest we do, or we risk future generations having to suffer what we have. It’s time to get with the program people. There is a serious problem with the way women are treated medically.

  2. Yes ladies all everyone is saying is true. I had my tubal recently and my life hasn’t been the same. I’ve never had fibriods, so why would they start after surgery is my question. My periods have doubled in duration and volume, not to mention the large blood clots I now get. When it does come it’s over 30 days apart minimum. It makes you wonder every time if you’re dealing with a tubal pregnancy. In addition, to them feeling Iike running water all day. I constantly have nausea and am light-headed. My stomach also cramps non-stop. At times I feel sharp pains going thru my pelvic area. We should have all done better research before the operation because the doctors will never tell the true side effects. Its best now to keep the word spreading so other women won’t make the same mistake. I’m hoping for better days in the future dealing with this.

  3. Hi ladies like most of you here I too had my tubes tied (clamps actually)I thought it would be a straight forward cut and tie but NO .I had mine done when my youngest was 12 yrs old thinking it would be a good decision he’s gonna be 19 this year ,anyhow I too have suffered miserably with heavy bleeding backaches sore hips mood swings its absolutely ruined my life I can’t be far from a toilet on my first 3 -4 days of bleeding out of fear I’m gonna flood myself i changed a tampon like every 10 minutes because of how heavy it is yet before having the procedure done i was on the contraceptive pill and I would change a tampon like every 2hrs not anymore even sanitary pads have to be changed more often i swear I’ve spent more money a month on sanitary items than I did before in a year before TL I know I wanted this done but like the majority of you I too was not informed of any of the side effects and changes this would do to me if I had my chance again and believe you me i would NEVER have done it I can finally tell myself I regret having it done I would rather have another baby than suffer like this its so not worth it if any contraception other than this works I say stick with it this is not worth your health and life atleast for those who now want more babies and their chances of doing so a slim with the pill you just stop taking it and your pregnant with this is one hell of a risk and the chances aren’t great if we knew then what we know now how things would be different for all of us blessed be

  4. I had my tubes tied back in 2008 after my 6th child…since then I’ve been experiencing extreme menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding…why are these risk not told to women before they do the procedure…I would have not done this…

  5. Hello I had my son in march of 2013 about an hour after I had my son I got a tubal. I have been fine since then except for the menstrual cramping. I also have like a bubble in my belly button that is very ugly and just recently it started hurting. The other night I went to pick my son up to take him to bed and something hurt in my belly button. Well its the day after and that bubble hurts it is so sensitive to touch. Does anyone know what it is? Please let me know if you do.
    Thanks

  6. I had as my obgyn who refer to as tied, cut, and burned. I have sever menstral pain almost in comparison to back labor. When I stand it feels like my insides are going to fall out. Even my anal area is unbearably pained. I bleed so heavy with very large clots. Along with vomiting muscle and joint pain my right sideof my ovari feels like its been ripped or stretched. Or like there is a sharp device in there. Now this particular pain just acured 1month ago and is consistent. I have sharp throbbing pain in my hips both on the in sides and and out side that shoot down into my legs and knees so bad I can’t hardly walk with out holding on to something. When my left ovarie hurts it sends a sharp pain up into my shoulder blade. I have never struggled with depression or hopelessness nor mind fog mood swings or night or day whatever it don’t descremant I’m a furnace and I have panic attacks so bad my body will lock up and I’m wakeing up with a breathing tub down my throat and had a sever seizer I need help/answers!!??!! I have 4 amazing kids I want not just go thru the motions but to live life make memory’s find our joy again. If any one has any thoughts please notify me by email or fb Celeste n Landon Krone. Thank you and be blessed.

  7. I had my 4th child in Dec 2014, went back a month later and had my tubal done, I knew I was done, his pregnancy was awful on my body and I was 33 so I didn’t want to have any high risks.

    I had the titanium clamps put on. They told me there might be some sensitivity on the sides sometimes but WOW. have I got a story for you.

    So as a teen I got severe cramps. So I was prepared for the ‘punchy’ feel I was told about. I went to surgery happy if not nervous.

    When I woke up I found out that I have very thick tubes, which is possibly why I’m so fertile. So she put two clamps on each tube to keep them crimped shut.

    I didn’t have a period for 3 months, but was breastfeeding so figured it was all okay. When I did start, I was having the punchy feel evry time I ovulated. I could tell you which side my egg was on every month.

    December I was about 4 days late, but even a little heavy and crampy nothing strange. I did notice that the ovulating pinches were getting stronger and I was having really bad cramps on the sides of my pelvic region.

    Well, January I was sick and started metabolism pills. I was late. Figured it was stress, sick and the new diet. But a week goes by and nothing…. So I figure, just to stop myself from stressing, ill take a pregnancy test to see the negative result and calm my brain.

    Nope, got a positive.
    Went in, blood work showed high hgc levels… Ultrasound followed to find which side the ectopic pregnancy was on…..

    Nope again.

    Baby #5 is in my uterus and so far, week ten, healthy.

    Completely failed tubal. But since the clamps may still be on, just loose…. As my belly grows they will pinch and cramp worse as they pull and stretch my tubes!

    I hope your symptoms lessen. I’m having to decide if I want to go back in and have them reclosed… So not sure after a pregnancy and these stories though.

  8. hi i live in new south whales australia and i have had a tubal ligation on the 30/10/2015 during my cesarean, i was told the general surgery was via key hole and that they clamp the tubes but because i was having a cesarean and would already be open that the would cut a portion of my tubes out, this was for my 3 third child and third cesarean, 3 weeks after i started experiencing severe pain during sex then i had my first period i was so sick from pain and fatigue that i couldn’t get out of bed and the bleeding lasted more than two weeks i was told at my 6 week check to give it another month for a better chance at healing but it never has, i now am experiencing, night sweats and hot and cold chills during the day memory loss no sex drive, mood swings and i am now starting to experience depression i have lost interest in many things and after reading the fight that many of you have had i am afraid of the the fact my doctors don’t know what it is and want to open me back up i think i need to contact a lawyer. i have cried for each and everyone of you today this is horrible and i now wish i never had this done.

  9. Hi my name is Lisa. I am a proud mother of four. After I had my last child I got a tuble clamp,that was four years ago. Since then I’ve had really bad pain before during and after my cycle. I hurts so bad to have intercourse.I also have memory loss,night sweats and I can’t hardly sleep. My sex drive is really effected. It’s effecting my marriage. What could it be? It feels like my clamp has come undone or something.that’s when I have sex.the only way I can explain the pain during intercourse is like someone kicking me in my Lowe area of my overies with needles on them. I went to the Dr. For my kidneys bleeding bad not being able to move I told my Dr. While I was in there about my other symptoms, but he told me it was just my kidneys gave me medicine without even checking either ,and sent me home. Since then I still have ecscusiating pain with intercourse and before during and after my cycle what is it ,and what should I do I don’t have insurance and no one will see me without that or alot of money I don’t have

  10. Back in 2009 my wife was going to have a third child via C section. While discussing the details with the doctor, he brought up the idea of tubal litigation. If it were not for his influence, we never would have considered such a thing. He talked about it as if it was normal and safe. And that there would be no ill effects later. Not only did this quack almost cause my wife to die during surgery, and then try to cover it up. But the tubal has caused nothing but problems since then. My wife has suffered from the worst hormonal imbalance and all the other typical signs. We have tried everything you can imagine and with limited success. I can tell you right now that diet and exercise might as well be like building a mountain to the moon. Because its a helluva lot harder for a post-tubal female to achieve success that way. I am sure there are exceptions in the world.

  11. I had my tubes done a yr ago im 26 yrs old i live in lake county il wen i had my twins i went into a shock after c-section my husband thought i was dying i felt weak when my c-section healed bt i had this ugly pains in my ovaries i would get sharp pains in my vagina like stabbing pains when i would pick up my girls i would spot out blood. Wen i walk so far i had to ware pads or id spot on myself heavy stuff put pain in my overies. My obgyn told me i needed physical thyepy but that had nothing to do w my spoting without a period sharp pains in my overies i tooken a test two months ago it came out i was pregnant the next day i was in so much pain i was bleeding heavy the hospital told me thy told me the pregnancy text came out negative but thy said i couldnt be pregnant if i had my tubes tied i looked at them stupidly like really thy did nothing for me im now spotting out dark brown stuff nd thy hospital said its normal bt in pain feel like my overies r being pulled out my body. I feel light headed fainty feeling weak i regret this in every way.
    Bekkiah

  12. i wish I could have found this before getting my tubes tied. I searched for stuff like this but I couldn’t find statements based on research. Just a bunch of woman’s opinions and experience. I’m a rather healthy woman I take vitamins and eat healthy. I feel like I’m dying. I have ruined two pairs of pants in less than 24hrs. The second pair was in less than three while I was napping. So much blood. I’m so scared. If you ate thinking about do it please don’t. I feel like they took my woman hood. I was pressured by my mother the most because she did it after 8.

  13. Help or answers plz.
    I had my tubes cut tied and burned November of 2015. I have serious abdominal pain, pelvic pain, random bloating, a Constant shooting pain from my left shoulder, around my side then to my chest. Sometimes a nasty odor but only when I go pee sometimes…. Today at wirk my stomach started hurting so bad I fell to my knees and it took me about ten minutes to be able to stand back up…. I’m in alot of pain and am bleeding at least every other week. . Is this all normal things when getting this procedure?

  14. I’m getting it done because it’s not safe for me to have kids with how my Epilepsy is. My boyfriend is fixed but I wanna make sure I don’t have a baby. I can have a seizure if I get angery, cry, get over heated, don’t get a lot of sleep also if I wanna have a baby I have to change my medicine because it would hurt the baby. Epilepsy runs in my family and if I have a seizure while I’m pregnant that could hurt the baby and they could get Epilepsy. Also if I have a baby I would have to do c-section because I would have a seizure if I did natural chiled birth. I never know when I’m gonna have a seizure and my Epilepsy has gotten worse in the almost 29 years and counting. Ever since Aug 1987

  15. I had a tubal a little over 1 year ago. I have had a terrible experience. Ever since the tubal, I have EXTREMELY painful periods. I sweat, get sick, constipated, cry, get dizzy, even throw up from the pain. It is like going through labor every single month. I have missed several days of work for it. I have to look at calenders and make sure I do not plan any trips, or anything, around the same time every month in anticipation what I have to go through. The doctor is uncaring and unsympathetic. I have asked for something, anything, for pain to get me through the day. I was told to take Motrin!!! They have started me on birth control to try to help the symptoms. So what was the point of the tubal if I have to be on birth control now??? I was NEVER warned of any side effects.

  16. I had my last child at 32, 10 years after my youngest son was born so I assumed that many of the problems I have had came from having a baby after 30. But it seems like ever since I had my tubes tied I haven’t been right since. I’ve lost my appetite, have IBS, rapid emptying, and went from 219 lbs in March 2013 to 149 lbs as of today. I don’t have an appetite and then I’m very limited as to foods I can eat. I really think that when the doc went in through my navel to do the procedure, he damaged my vagus nerve. I read that it runs under the navel and that there are a lot of nerves in intestinal area. I knew after it was done that something was wrong. I had A LOT of abdominal and intestinal pain afterwards but the assured me that it was just gas and it was normal. I haven’t been right since! Gradually things got worse and I honestly think that these ppo’s, h2 blockers, and meds MAKE THINGS WORSE. It doesn’t fix the problem. It just puts a bandaid on it. Smh

  17. I had my tubal done on Wednesday and was only informed “don’t over do it” WTF does that mean. The past two days I have been dealing with freezing and then shaking so bad I hurt everywhere almost like the flu but worse. Finally went to the ER and they said it was fluid in my pelvic. No body wants to tell me when do you know you are over doing it. this is the first time I’ve had surgery ever. So I’m scared and confused

  18. I had my tubal done April 22nd 2014 while during my c section having my 4th child. My period’s have been horrible since with bad cramps, huge blood clots, bleeding so bad i have to wear a pad an a 1/2 for complete coverage and i cant really do anything that involves movement while on it or else I’ll have a mess down my legs.
    Now 2 years later my period’s have done nothing but got worse way worse i can go thur 40 plus pads on my period, i have blood clots constantly, horrible ovarian pain, i even get pains in my vagina when I’m on my period.
    Last month i had my regular period on June 11th didn’t stop till june 17th which is a long period for me. Then on June 24th i started having another period this one was way worse then my so called “regular” period, this one i was passing blood clots after blood clots and my blood was snotty looking at times and the color of my blood kept changing from dark red to light pinkish then back to dark red. My pain was horrible with this period was horrible like on the ground crying pain, i finally stopped that period on July 1st. I went thur almost 60 pads between the 2 period’s.
    But my pain/cramping is still there I’ve can feel most the pain in my left ovary. I’ve even started having pain with intercourse (which is new). I go to a gynecologist tomorrow and im scared she’s just going to say it’s all normal or tell me to take the pill or some other kinda bull crap. I was adopted so i just recently found out my birth mothers family history and ovarian cancer and cervical cancer run on her side of the family like pretty much with every woman in that family including her. So now I’m freaking out about what it could be, I’m only 25 with 4 kids age range from 2-9. I’m honestly hoping for a complete hysterectomy with the family history it shouldnt be hard to get one I’ve been told, then i can finally get back to enjoying my life with my children and husband without having to be in pain with my every move i make.
    My question is what can that pain be and is it normal having a period so close together??

  19. I am 40 had a tubal in 2000 with my last child. I have been fine all except my cycle had gotten heavy. This month my cycle was 13 days late. The 14th day it came on in full force more than ever its just way to much and i really dont know whats going on. I need some help.

  20. I feel so sorry for all of you who have had this terrible experience of tubal ligation. My third c secton is due in two week time and I was going for tubal ligation as well. Thanks to all for your honest stories. I’m never going to go for it now. You saved me.

  21. I had a tubal in 2008. I had 4 pregnancies and I developed HELLP syndrome with all four and even with a loss of a daughter. I decided to have a tubal due to the risk of the syndrome ending my life. I go to my doctor regularly but it’s always about taking pills for pain. The pain is so intense anymore I can barely walk when I start. I loose alot of blood and I am so dizzy and I even throw up. It’s getting harder and harder. I’m considering time for a new doctor. I am tired of being weak and sick. Anyone experience anything like this before?

  22. I too am having these symptoms, also can feel one of my clamps moving on my left side if I move a certain way ,it’s sad when you pay for a procedure, it gives you all these complications, when you are paying for a job that can kill you.

  23. I had a tubal ligation a few years ago and went septic on day 3. I was hospitalised with a 104 fever for 8 days. My family was called in just in case I didn’t survive. I thankfully pulled through after a being on several antibiotics and morphine. I personally don’t recall a lot of went on but my spuse and children were terrified. I know have a HUGE loss in libido, super heavy and painful periods and mood swings that make feel like In am insane days after the appear. I remember the “surgeon” who performed the procedure coming into my hospital room in horror and literally running out of my room after he saw how I’ll I was.
    It is pretty much destroying my marriage to this day. I wish I had never had it done. A vasectomy is a better choice in my opinion.

  24. I had my tubal ligation in 2003 after my 2nd child’s birth & 2nd c-section. My doctor didn’t tell me about any side affects & I didn’t think to ask. He did however try talking me out of it several times & again right b4 he did it. After 2 years I began having stomach pain & heavy menstral cycles. Moving so often, I couldn’t keep my same doctors. I went to regular doctors, gynocologist & even had a colon oscopy done trying to elemenate problems. No one had an answer & I lived with severe pain to the point I couldn’t hardly get out of bed. Doubled over in pain, constantly crying, feeling like I was about to die, I screamed out to the highest power on this planet & it was like a miracle. I don’t know what exactly happened but it felt like those dang clamps had grown into my gallbladder. I tell everyone not to do this procedure. I lived with that horrifying pain for 10 years & not one doctor looked into the clamps but they looked into everything else. I wish everyone the best of luck & I wish I could tell you how to get it reversed without the hardship.

  25. Had mine clamped in 2003. Within 2 weeks I was in severe pain. The doctors said it was IBS, I knew it wasn’t. Fast forward 4 years and hundreds of doctor visits and hospital visits and I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis and fibroids.
    Fast forward another year and I was rushed into hospital with excruciating pain. I had an ultrasound scan done where it was discovered I also now had PCOS and they found one of the clamps had come off and embedded itself in the wall of my large bowel. It’s still there because they won’t remove it despite it causing me to be in chronic pain every day. I also have fibromyalgia which I’m told was triggered after a traumatic event such as surgery.
    I wish I could turn back time. I never would have had it done. Especially when I told them on the way to the operating room that i had changed my mind and didn’t want it doing. They told me to speak to the surgeon when I got to theatre. He didn’t pay any attention to me and just told the aneathatist (? Sp) to put me under.
    When I came to afterwards I told them I was going to sue and was told I wouldn’t win because I had previously signed the consent for surgery form.
    So now I spend all day, every day in chronic pain, my periods are a nightmare, I go through 3 packs of night time pads a day, I have cysts that burst on a monthly basis, the last cyst I had was the size of an orange, I also get them in my actual vagina itself, I have bowel issues due to the embedded clamp and I’m sick of it.
    They won’t give me a hysterectomy because I’m only 39 so I just have to suffer and spend 80% of my life bedridden and in agony.
    I feel like a failure of a wife and mother.
    Sex is out of the question because I just bleed everywhere every time we try and it hurts, a lot. I have migraines, night sweats, cramps worse than child birth, clots that are literally the size of potatoes and shooting, spasm pains going right up my vagina. I also vomit, daily. I can vomit upto 30 times a day. This has gone on for 3 years. No explanation as to why and they don’t seem to care either. No investigation as to why, no care that I now weigh 6.5 stones (I’m 5 feet 8 inches tall), classed as anorexic due to my weight but they are not concerned with that or that my teeth are all rotting due to the vomiting.

    Yet the doctors refuse to do anything. They would rather have me admitted to hospital every few weeks than just give me the surgery I desperately need.
    I can’t afford to go private as I am not working anymore due to my health issues. I had to leave a job I adored as I physically could not do it (I cared for physically disabled children), and claim sickness benefits.
    Having that surgery has literally ruined my life.

  26. I was thinking of getting the tubal ligation rings and then I started reading about the negative side effects so I’m not sure about it now. A lot of comments don’t state what type of tubal ligation they got done, do the rings apply to the effects too? Has anyone with the rings had any complications?

  27. I had my tubes clamped 6 years ago. I’ve had nothing but painful sex, cramps, I feel weak, cold then hot.. then recently started having cramps that felt like contractions. I’ve searched everywhere for a way to get the reversal, but it costs an arm and leg. I wouldn’t suggest tubal ligation to anyone

  28. Ex-wife had her tubes tied, and it led to the end of our marriage. She lost her interest in sex, had dried up vaginally, was depressed, began having affairs, had a hormone-releasing IUD put in, went nuts. I feel sorry for my kids. Funny thing is that she thought she would be sexually fulfilled – yet the reverse happened. It just goes to show you how hormones (endocrine system) are essential to our physical, sexual and mental health.
    It also goes to show that doctors in general are trained to detect illness, not to recognize the keys to health and happiness (and prevention mfor that matter). Perhaps more courses in human anatomy at medical school would make a difference.
    Lastly, I hasten to add that I had positioned myself against this course of action, but was dismissed as wanting to control her body.
    Sad, sad, sad!!!

  29. WOW! I’ve been going through this for 12 years! I don’t know what to do & the medical community doesn’t recognize this as an issue? Wonder if we can get a law firm to file a class-action lawsuit? I’ve been reading information going back decades but no studies have been done to tell us or future candidates about theses debilitating side effects….it’s ruined by my life literally! I push through all the symptoms but seems like every 3 years I’m having some sort of meltdown…God help us!!

  30. I feel like I am going mad. I had my tubal ligation 6 years ago and my health and memory have never been the same since. I now have had no period for two months and have tons of pregnancy symptoms but i am not pregnant, since my doctor has tested me with negative pregnancy test results. Could this be all linked to my tubal ligation? I cannot carry on like this much longer, ive lost weight through the nausea and it’s affecting my life. Thanks.

  31. I had a tubal ligation at 29, following my third csection. I didn’t realize until about a year later, when I was looking up info on how women felt after their tubal ligations, that it just may be the reason I had decreased milk supply and a host of other symptoms. I just did not feel like myself at all. It has now been three years since and unfortunately I feel worse. Everything from sever gas, thinning hair, decreased breast tissue, and pain during sex, to reoccurring vaginal infections, clotting periods, SEVERE mood swings week before and week of my period….. I have lost my zest for life… for being a mother and partner. I regret the decision to have a tubal ligation every single day. I hope that I’ll be able to have a reversal done… but I may not because of cost. I hope that it doesn’t get worse. I don’t know how much more I can take. So sorry to all of you women suffering out there. It is good to know that there are people that understand though. It’s hard for someone that is going through this to get it… hugs x crystal

  32. I’m 29. Had my procedure in 2009 when my second son was eight weeks old. I was told I was too young, and the doctor asked repeatedly if I wanted to change my mind. All the way to the operating table. First thing, they said they were cutting, and frying them. I’ve had several piercings since I was a teenager. One is my nose, and the jewelry wouldn’t come out. The nurse said I could be electrocuted if they didn’t get it out. Well, they left it in, and just put tape on my nose. Once I was under anesthesia, I woke up for a split second. Long enough to hear the doctor say my eyes were open, and to turn the anesthesia up. After surgery the nurse asked me to rate my pain, groggy I told her it was at a 10. She mocked me as if I was milking it. I was in excruciating pain. Once home I couldn’t hold either of my kids. I could barely sit up. The incision in my navel got infected. The doctor decided just peroxide would suffice. Now my navel is highly sensitive. I get migraines that last for days. I’ve developed fibromyalgia, and celiacs disease. I used to hate naps, now I’m tired all the time. I’m always depressed. I cry like I’m pregnant. The first day of my period is so painful I can’t move. I just lay in a ball on the couch in tears. It feels exactly like labor. Induced labor. The worst was losing my daughter. Within a year of my tubal I got pregnant with a baby girl, and miscarried her at 18 weeks. I’d had an early miscarriage as a teenager, this was worse. I see my beautiful baby girl’s face every time I blink. I suffer from severe damage to my front right cerebral cortex. So I’m already crazy. This has made it so much worse. My PTLS is turning me into a psychopath. It’s getting worse, and worse. I’m running out of walls to demolish, and I’m scaring myself. The last thing is the random pain when I’m not hanging with Aunt Flow. I was told they were cut and cauterized. Yet just before I ovulate I get this sharp, stabbing pain that radiates to my hooha. It’s become all to easy to pinch nerves, and my sternum pops like bubble wrap when I turn my head. Not every time, but still. I have no insurance, no medicaid. And the only free clinic here only does STD testing, or hands out birth control. All of the community clinics are sliding scale, which doesn’t help if you’re too broke to even get on the scale. Can we not start a campaign to be heard about this issue? Something needs to be done. We need to find a way to end this torture. I was practically butchered by a doctor at the hospital in Marietta. I never ever had any real follow up on my actual tubes. No dye test. All my midwife did was check my incisions, and send me home with a prescription for Wellbutrin for the baby blues. I didn’t have the baby blues. I was overprotective because Joshua was born with a heart murmur. My boys are 11, and 8 now. I still hover over them. These doctors are, as I said, butchering, and poisoning us. There has to be something we can all come together to do. Look how many of us are in agony. And this is not the first page like this I’ve seen. I’ve read very similar stories on 3 other sites while searching for help with my PTLS.

  33. I had my tubes tied after my 3rd child 9 years ago. I had bad periods before but now they are unbearable!!! I have mood swings, I’m tired all of the time, terrible cramps, pain in my back and legs and worse of all my vagina. It feels like my insides are falling out or that there is a bowling ball going to fall out. It feels like the pressure that you have when you are doing that last push In labor before the baby crowns. It makes me want to close my legs so something doesn’t fall out. The symptoms go on and on. I went back to my Dr that did my tubal and he said that I could take birth control. A few years ago I had a period that lasted over 30 days straight. I am passing huge clots. It’s gross. And so painful. The dr said that my periods would be lighter and better. That was a load of BS!!! They have been MUCH WORSE SINCE MY TUBAL!!!!! There has got to Be some solution for all this pain. It’s not a life anymore. Can anyone relate or have any suggestions????

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