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Tubal Ligation Symptoms
Our Experience

Tubal ligation symptoms can be experienced by some women after having their tubes tied.

Most women will not experience a problem after tubal ligation but some will have abnormal side effects. There are no reliable statistics on what percentage of women will experience tubal ligation symptoms.

Most of our patients request tubal reversal surgery to restore fertility, but some request tubal surgery to be evaluated and treated for tubal ligation symptoms.

We treat a select group of patients. Over 90% of our patients who have tubal reversal as a treatment for tubal ligation symptoms will report improvement after having tubal reversal surgery.

Tubal ligation symptoms: What are they?

The most common symptoms after tubal ligation are heavier periods, increased cramping with periods, more bloating and, sometimes, pelvic discomfort.

Some women report more involved symptoms after tubal ligation; pelvic pain, weight gain, depression, bloating, and decreased sex drive.

Others report more extensive, generalized bodily symptoms and this constellation of systemic symptoms is often referred to as Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome (PTLS).

For more information on tubal ligation symptoms attributable to PTLS:
Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome Symptoms

The existence of Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome is extremely controversial and many health professionals are not supportive of the diagnosis. Health insurance companies do not recognize Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome as a valid diagnosis and will not reimburse patients for any procedures performed for a PTLS diagnosis.

For more information: PTLS: Why the controversy?

Tubal ligation side effects: Does tubal ligation cause problems?

Does tubal ligation cause problems? In our experience this can be a complicated question to answer. Most women who have a tubal ligation will not have any problems.

Some women who have problems after tubal ligation have problems which are associated with tubal ligation but not caused by tubal ligation. This can be a complicated concept to understand, so for more information: Tubal ligation problems: A helpful explanation

Some of our patients do have problems directly associated with their tubal ligation and many will report improvement after tubal reversal surgery.

Tubal ligation symptoms: Our recommendations

If you are experiencing problems related to your tubal ligation then we recommend you be evaluated by your doctor for other treatable medical or gynecological causes.

If your symptoms started soon after your tubal ligation (weeks to months) then the tubal ligation could have contributed to your symptoms or it is equally possible the tubal ligation is not responsible.

If your symptoms started long after your tubal ligation (months to years) then it is less likely your tubal ligation is responsible.

Tubal ligation symptoms: Should I have a reversal?

If you are experiencing tubal ligation symptoms then the first question you should ask yourself is do you want more children?

If you would like to have more children then having a tubal reversal is a reasonable first line consideration. Tubal reversal surgery will restore fertility, allow evaluation for causes of tubal ligation symptoms, and provide you with a possible treatment for tubal ligation symptoms.

If you are uncertain about having more children or don’t want to become pregnant then you should be evaluated for other possible causes of tubal ligation symptoms. If no other explanation can be found then you could consider tubal reversal for evaluation and possible treatment of tubal ligation symptoms.

Tubal ligation symptoms

We have extensive experience with tubal surgery and evaluation of patients who report abnormal tubal ligation symptoms. We maintain a separate section of our website to provide more detailed information to health care professionals.

If you would like more information about tubal ligation symptoms tailored to health care professionals then please visit: For Physicians

 

 

31 thoughts on “Tubal Ligation Symptoms”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I had my tube’s tied 15 years ago and I knew my periods were not right coming and going when ever it wants an heavy all the time. Wanted more kids but not with my ex husband. Depressed all the time.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Call us at (919) 968-4656 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you about reversal.

      We are also offering patients who schedule surgery in January and February 2017 to have their two, night luxury hotel stay included in the price of their reversal surgery. For more information: Tubal Reversal Specials: Two Nights Luxury Hotel Included!

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

  2. Cheri says:

    I had a tubal procedure in April 2014 right after the birth of my 4th child. I noticed right away that my periods were heavier, I became more irritable, experience vaginal dryness, and no sex drive at all. I knew something was wrong within a month of the procedure, but the doctor said every woman heals differently. 2.5 years later, and I still feel like I am bleeding out during my periods and have huge clots as well. I have absolutely no interest in sex. This whole thing is ruining my relationship with my boyfriend who thinks I am making excuses up and he feels I am no longer interested in him. I am so depressed about it all and I unfortunately have no health insurance. I wish the doctor would have told me about these side effects!

    1. Gloria says:

      I got my tube tied after I had my secend son. I have no sex drive my boyfriend is asking the same thing. We Been together for 11 years now.

      1. Dr. Monteith says:

        Gloria
        Call us at (919) 968-4656 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you.

        The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

  3. Tonia says:

    I had my TL in 2008 when I was 28 years old, since then I have had terrible pain and periods and it keeps getting worse. I have had numerous test and the doctors say I have nothing wrong with me, I am perfectly healthy. I am wanting the reversal done, because now I am on birth control and it doesn’t help, the doctor has suggested next I try a IUD and if that doesn’t work then he may consider a hysteroctomy. I do not want either of those. I just want to stop hurting all the time but I am right at the BMI and I have gained weight since my TL and can not lose it, I have tried eveything and I don’t know what to do now

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Tonia
      Reversal may help you with your symptoms. Call us at (919) 968-4656 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you.

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

    2. Tonia says:

      Thank you

  4. irene says:

    my post tubal ligation symptoms started soon after my procedure. 2 -3 periods per month. If i’m not having my period, I’m just about to. I am tired tired tired. I have severe anemia now, too. Poor memory, etc. I’m sad that I chose to have my tubes tied. I wish I was more informed prior to…

  5. B Nicole says:

    I have been having horrid symptoms 6 months after having my tubal ligation. I have spoken with you over the phone. I am 32 now. I am trying to see if I can get the reversal done in 2016. I have had pelvic pain, the area that surrounds where my ovaries are tender, One month I can have full blown pregnancy symptoms & some months I feel like I am in menopause. My OBGYN says that this syndrome doesn’t exist & that I need a psych evaluation. There are some months that I even produce milk. But all my hormones are normal. They have said that I am crazy, my husband said they might as well say that he is crazy because he has witnessed all of this. I am wanting to have it done to feel normal again. My operative report is very vague. He cut & burned. He told me that he tries to destroy the tubes. He didn’t measure what I had or what he took. So I am hoping this can be done. I know that I have to pay for the laproscopy procedure. It has been very stressful. I regret getting myself into a position where I was forced to have the surgery to have my tubes done. If they can be & we end up with a baby, that is a bonus, I just want to go back to normal. I am tired of feeling this way & I am tired of feeling like I have let my husband down because I am not as intimate as I should be. It isn’t that I don’t want to, it is like my body has no interest. If any woman asks me now about doing so & having the procedure, I tell them no, stay away from it, you would be better off to have a hysterectomy. If mine cannot be done, I am going to beg for one. I can’t keep going like this. 3 years has been enough & I am exhausted.

    1. Niki says:

      I feel the same way like im pregnant and not interested in sex my depression is off the charts now. Your not crazy

    2. Christal says:

      You are not alone!!! I too have been experiencing the same thing for the past 3 years and I am DONE! 🙁

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