Tubal Ligation

Tubal Ligation Showing Fallopian Tube with Sterilization Clip: Three-dimensional visualization reconstructed from scanned human data. Anterior view of tubal ligation via a sterilization clip (filshie clip); the left fallopian tube, ovary, ovarian ligament, and round ligament can be seen, as well as the top of the uterus. Tubal ligation via a sterlization clip is a surgical sterilization technique for women: the the fallopian tubes are compressed and blocked off with the placement of a clip or clamp to prevent the egg from traveling down the fallopian tube to the uterus as well as preventing sperm from reaching the fallopian tube. Two of the most common techniques for performing this surgery are mini-laparotomies and laparoscopies. Tubal ligation via a sterilization clip is considered a permanent form of birth control and offers no protection against STDs.

Tubal ligation or tubectomy (also known as having one's "tubes tied" (ligation)) is a surgical procedure for sterilization in which a woman's fallopian tubes are clamped and blocked, or severed and sealed, either method of which prevents eggs from reaching the uterus for implantation. However, fertilization can still occur in the fallopian tubes. Tubal ligation is considered a permanent method of sterilization and birth control.

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