Contraception options for individuals and couples vary widely from short-term to long-term or permanent solutions depending on personal choice and beliefs. Tubal ligation, more commonly known as “having your tubes tied,” is a safe and effective contraceptive option.
About Tubal Ligation
Women’s Health Services at the Health Transformation Building include access to tubal ligation. During a tubal ligation, fallopian tubes are surgically divided, tied, or removed to permanently prevent pregnancy. After a tubal ligation is performed, sperm will no longer be able to reach the eggs through the fallopian tubes.
Some individuals may decide they do not want to have any more children and choose to have a tubal ligation following childbirth. This can be discussed with your ob-gyn as part of your birthing plan.
A tubal ligation takes approximately 30-40 minutes and is often performed laparoscopically, which doesn’t require a large incision and leaves minimal scarring, in an ambulatory setting. This results in less discomfort and shorter recovery periods, and patients are usually able to return home within a few hours after the procedure.
Tubal ligations may be scheduled without a referral. However, please note this procedure will be performed at UT Health Austin’s Ambulatory Surgery Center.