Tubal ligation during c-section

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Tubal ligation during c-section
Mon, 05-05-2003 - 8:52pm

This is my first time to the board and I have a serious dilemma. I am 36 and having my 2nd c-section in June. I am considering having my tubes tied because two children is the perfect family size for me. However, I would prefer that my dh did something permanent because I've had to go through all the other stuff. The Physician's Assistant at my doc's office said that the procedure is so simple if you are already having a c/s and less expensive. I'm really scared to have this procedure because I have heard some women say that their moodiness increases. The PA says this is not true that it does not affect your hormones. Also, I have always been very regular and the pill has not been a problem for me to take. Has anyone had this procedure done while having a c/s? or considering having it done? Please advise....

Thanks bunches!!!

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 4:32pm
I haven't had it done, but I will tell you that the three women I know who've had it done all had much heavier bleeding/periods afterwards. One even ended up having a hysterectomy because of it. Also, my OB says that vasectomies are much more "reliable" than tubals. He's seen dozens of women who've gotten pregnant after tubals. Often in the tubes which then requires more surgery. Just my 2 cents. Ree
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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 5:18pm
Hi! I've had it done & don't regret it at all!!! I had my 1st daughter in January 1998 & my 2nd daughter in July 2002 & I also knew that 2 kids was plenty for our family. I had a c/s with my 1st daughter at 33 wks due to preeclampsia & I had decided that IF and that was a big IF I ever got pregnant again, I would have another c/s, simply because I would know what to expect with the recovery AND I wanted a tubal done. So, when I found out I was pregnant in December 2001, I asked my OB about having another tubal & she said that was fine & if I wanted a tubal done at the same time, that was fine too. So, that's what we did. My recovery was the same as with the 1st c/s, maybe a bit easier because I knew what to expect (gas pains mainly!!). I had my 2nd daughter July 18 (she was due august 11) and I only breastfed for about a week or so. My period started back October 1 & lasted 4 maybe 5 days and it's been every 28 days, like clockwork, since then. My period has always been regular & never really heavy & that hasn't changed. As for the moodiness, if I am any more moody, I think it's the stress of having 2 kids!!! Alot of women say that having a tubal makes them more prone to kidney infections or other female problems like that, but it hasn't with me & it's been almost a year. Also, it only took my OB about 5 mintues more during the c/s to do the tubal than if she hadn't done it, so if you don't want the aggrevation of having to go back into the hospital & have it done separately, that's the way I would go. Anyway, if you need any more advice/reassurance, feel free to email me!!! leakwilliams@aol.com

Lee Ann

mom to Hannah (1/17/98) & Faith (7/18/02)

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 8:55am
I just talked to my OB about this very thing, and we decided that DH would be the one to get snipped. I am about to have c/s #3, and both DH and I know that 3 kids is enough for us, so we decided it was time to do something permanent, and figured that since I'd be open for the c/s we'd look into a tubal for me. We both went to my visit last Monday, and this is what my doc told us: the actual procedure only adds about 5 minutes to the c/s. She said recovery is just about the same, and as for problems, it doesn't increase your risk of cancers, etc. She said the failure rate is about 3.8 per 1000, and 1/3 to 1/2 of the failures end up as tubal pregnancies (etopic), which can be dangerous (tube can rupture). We asked about a vasectomy, and she said the failure rate is approx 1 in 2500, and it doesn't increase your risk of a tubal pregnancy.

So, like I said, we decided that DH would be the one to have it done. He talked to some friends of his who had it done, and they said it was not too uncomfortable to have it done, and they were only sore for about a day or so.

Hope that helps - this is a big decision - one which DH and I did our homework on, and came to a decision that works for us. Hope you are able to make an informed one that works for you and your family!

Becky, mom to Julia (8/98), Katie (8/00) and baby #3 (a boy!) c/s date 7/31/03

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 9:33pm
I just wanted to thank you for your replies. Like I said it is a serious decision and one that I need to be making soon. I will share your information with my husband and hopefully we'll come up with something. The problem is I have trouble getting my DH to go to the dentist so I'm sure that this will be a major ordeal. We shall soon see... Due date is 6/19...so the countdown is on. Take and thanks to all of you. Edrie MOM to Jacob 11/99.
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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 11:47pm
I will be having my 2nd c/s on June 11, and also having my tudes tied...but was informed at my last visit that they do not tie your tubes during the c/s...they do it before you are released from the hospital..usually the next day. This really freaks me out because that just seem like that is way too many surgerys in 2 or 3 days. I am acutally having 2nd thoughts about it. I figured they would just do everything during the c/s...but I guess I was wrong.

Does anyone know the correct procedure??