Bilateral Tubal Ligation

Women who are interested in surgical forms of sterilization may consider a procedure called laparoscopic tubal ligation, which is more commonly referred to as "having your tubes tied." The formal name is laparoscopic bilateral tubal ligation, or BTL. It is considered a permanent form of birth control that cannot be reversed.
During the procedure, a small incision (cut) will be made in or near your belly button. The surgeon will then insert the laparoscope and use the video picture it presents to find your fallopian tubes and block them. In general, a bilateral tubal ligation is 99 percent successful and complications tend to be minor.
(Click Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation to learn more about exactly what to expect prior to, during, and after this procedure, as well as complications to be aware of.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD