Results of Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

Less than 1 percent of the time, a woman will become pregnant after a tubal ligation. Therefore, you can expect the result of laparoscopic tubal ligation to be sterilization. The procedure will not affect your menstrual cycle or cause any significant or prolonged sexual problems. When discussing the possible results of laparoscopic tubal ligation, it is important for your expectations to match your doctor's.

What Are the Expected Results of Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation?

Following a laparoscopic tubal ligation, it is reasonable to expect that you will be unable to get pregnant. Recent studies show that tubal ligation is successful in preventing pregnancy in more than 99 out of 100 patients. This means than less than 1 percent of women who have this procedure will become pregnant.

Can I Still Become Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?

However, although it is unlikely, this means that it is still possible to get pregnant after this procedure. If this happens, it is also more likely that it will occur outside of the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy and must be treated by your doctor immediately to prevent a life-threatening situation.
After laparoscopic sterilization, you may begin to have sexual relations whenever you are ready. You should know that no significant or prolonged sexual problems have been linked to this procedure in any way. This procedure also will not affect your menstrual cycle.
If you have questions about your expected results, you and your doctor should discuss them. It is very important for your expectations to match your doctor's.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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