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Reasons for a Tubal Ligation

Before making such an important decision about her reproductive future, a woman should understand the reasons for undergoing a tubal ligation. Because tubal ligation is considered a permanent sterilization procedure, it should not be used for women who still wish to have children. If you are considering the procedure, keep in mind that the ultimate reason for a tubal ligation is to prevent pregnancy.

Tubal Ligation Reasons: An Overview

There are many forms of birth control that can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. One form of birth control is known as a tubal ligation, or having your tubes tied. Tubal ligation is considered a permanent form of birth control for women who are finished with childbearing.
The formal name is bilateral tubal ligation, or BTL. Bilateral means both sides, and tubal ligation means "blocking" the fallopian tubes so your eggs cannot be fertilized or reach the uterus. This is how BTL prevents pregnancy.

Other Birth Control Methods

Because tubal ligation is considered a permanent sterilization procedure, it should not be used for women who still wish to have children. In these cases, other birth control methods can include:
  • Periodic abstinence, or natural family planning
  • Barrier methods like condoms and diaphragms
  • Hormonal methods such as oral contraceptive pills
  • The Depo-Provera® injection
  • Intrauterine devices, or IUDs
  • Vasectomy, which is a male sterilization procedure.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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