A laparoscopic tubal ligation requires two small incisions. An incision will be made below the navel for the Laparoscope. The Laparoscope is a thin, lighted tube (similar to a telescope) that the Doctor uses to magnify the area where he is conducting the surgery. The ligation instrument will be inserted in the incision above the pubic region or alongside the Laparoscope.
The Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation leaves small scars and is a safe form of contraception. Vaginal bleeding can last up to 1 month following the surgery. It is possible that the first two or three menstrual cycles following the procedure will be heavier and more uncomfortable than your typical cycle. Sexual activity can be resumed one week following the surgery.
Essure Tubal Ligation
No incisions are required for an Essure Tubal Ligation. During the procedure micro inserts that resemble spring coils are inserted vaginally into the fallopian tubes. The Essure Tubal Ligation will not be an effective form of birth control for the first three months following the procedure. During this period of time the body and inserts will adhere together and form a tissue barrier that will block the egg from the sperm and the uterus.
The Essure Tubal Ligation takes about 15 minutes. No anesthetic is needed and women who have an Essure Tubal Ligation generally return to their normal activities the same day the procedure is conducted.
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