Disclaimer: This post is not intended to provide medical advice. Please speak to your own primary health care provider regarding contraceptive methods that will work for you.
I recently underwent an elective bilateral salpingectomy.
This surgery, done by my OBGYN, was a laparoscopic day surgery where three tiny incisions were made and then subsequently my Fallopian tubes removed. It was pretty painful, initially, but now that I’m all healed up everything is great! I will have a couple tiny scars which are pretty noticeable now but will fade with time.
(And I would like to say, I am so thankful to have had this surgery, and to live in Canada where I have a choice and an ability to chose regardless of cost!)
When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I knew that I wanted it to be my last pregnancy. I had arranged to have a tubal ligation (“tubes tied”) if I were to need a c-section for any reason. Following a normal delivery, I knew I still wanted some form of permanent contraception. I was offered oral contraceptive or IUD options and I was also encouraged to discuss my partner having a vasectomy. We discussed all of those options and my partner actually did initiate the process of requesting a consult for a vasectomy. And I initiated the process of requesting a consult for a tubal. (He got a call to schedule his first appointment the day after my surgery was done.)
And so I discussed my options with my husband, my family doctor, and my OB. I was provided plenty of information so that I could make an informed decision. And so here are the reasons I chose to have my tubes removed:
- Reduced risk (by a very tiny percentage) of ovarian cancer
- Reduced risk of tubal pregnancy (no tubes!)
- Permanent sterilization – no more babies & irreversible
There is also a fourth and more abstract reason. I have been pregnant three times and knew I didn’t want any more pregnancies. We are happy with our two girls and a third biological child would hinder our ability to adopt, which we are in the process of. I wanted to have this surgery and I want to show my daughters that it’s completely okay to ask for what you want in life. And I also, selfishly, didn’t want to keep dealing with oral contraceptives or barrier methods or an IUD that I’d have to replace up to 4 or 5 times before I’d finally hit menopause. I’m young, I’m done having babies, I was always dreading the chance of an unplanned pregnancy and now..
I’m done worrying about it!
Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!