Are you tired of using oral contraceptives and other temporary methods to control your fertility? If you are not interested in becoming pregnant in the future, you may benefit from using a more lasting method to manage your fertility. At Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, Illinois, we provide a permanent type of birth control called laser tubal ligation.
What Are the Advantages of Laser Tubal Ligation?
Laser tubal ligation is a medical procedure that will permanently prevent unintended pregnancies. People who receive this procedure sometimes say that they are getting their tubes tied.
During this procedure, we will close your fallopian tubes. This procedure will stop sperm from fertilizing your eggs. This birth control method offers a number of significant benefits.
A Convenient Method
If you are a forgetful person who has difficulty remembering to take a pill every day, you might struggle to use oral contraceptives and other types of birth control. These issues will decrease the effectiveness of your birth control and increase your risk of having an unintended pregnancy.
Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about these problems after you receive your tubal ligation. Once you stop feeling anxious about experiencing an unintended pregnancy, you will be able to relax and have a more pleasurable experience during intercourse.
An Effective Choice
Tubal ligation is a very effective method of birth control. In fact, studies have shown that this technique has a pregnancy prevention rate that is over 99%. This is one of the most effective, reliable birth control methods available today.
A Hormone-Free Method
Although oral contraceptives and other hormonal types of birth control are very safe, you might not like the idea of changing your body’s natural hormone levels. Further, you might prefer a method of birth control that allows you to continue having regular periods.
Instead of changing your hormones, this method will close off your fallopian tubes. As a result, you will not develop hormonal changes after you receive this type of birth control.
A Minimally Invasive Procedure
During your tubal ligation, we will use a minimally invasive method to close your fallopian tubes. Since your incisions will be very small, you will have a short recovery time. Instead of spending weeks in bed after you receive your permanent birth control, you will be able to return to your usual routine after a couple of days.
A Gentle Technique
Oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other temporary birth control techniques are very effective and reliable. However, you might experience negative symptoms when you use these types of birth control. For example, you could develop mood swings, headaches, and other problems when you are using oral contraceptives.
Temporary birth control methods can also cause you to experience bloating, develop acne, or become fatigued. When you use a tubal ligation to manage your fertility, you will be able to avoid the negative symptoms that are associated with your previous form of birth control.
How Will This Procedure Prevent Me From Becoming Pregnant?
This procedure stops sperm from fertilizing your eggs. You have two fallopian tubes in your body. Normally, these tubes will move eggs from your ovaries into your uterus.
During a tubal ligation, we will use laser energy to close off your fallopian tubes. Closing these tubes will stop your eggs from moving into your uterus. When you have intercourse, sperm will not be able to reach your eggs. As a result, you will not become pregnant.
How Will I Decide if I Am Ready for This Type of Birth Control?
Tubal ligation is designed to permanently prevent you from becoming pregnant in the future. Under some circumstances, you may be able to reverse a permanent birth control procedure. However, you should not get a tubal ligation if you are uncertain about your goals and plans.
Take Your Time
Before you receive this medical procedure, it’s a good idea to think carefully about your desire to have children in the future. This is a very significant, personal decision, and you will want to give yourself enough time to fully explore your thoughts and feelings about this topic.
There are a number of temporary birth control methods that you can use while you are thinking about this decision. For example, you can use birth control pills or an IUD to prevent pregnancy while you are considering your options.
Discuss Your Feelings
Sometimes, talking about your feelings can help you clarify your thoughts and ideas. It’s a good idea to talk to a close friend about your desires and plans for the next stage of your life. In addition, you might benefit from discussing your thoughts about having children with a therapist or other healthcare provider.
Will This Procedure Cause Me to Go Into Menopause?
Some medical procedures that affect your reproductive organs can cause you to stop having periods and go into early menopause. Experiencing this life change can cause you to develop night sweats, mood swings, hot flashes, and other physical and emotional issues.
Fortunately, this type of permanent birth control will not cause you to experience early menopause. Even though you will not be able to get pregnant, you will continue to experience regular periods after you receive your tubal ligation.
How Should I Prepare for My Tubal Ligation?
Before you receive your laser tubal ligation, you’ll need to have an initial consultation at our office in Tinley Park.
Your Initial Consultation
During this meeting, we will examine your body and talk about your general health. We will also discuss the benefits of receiving this type of birth control. In particular, you need to understand that although this procedure will permanently prevent pregnancy, it will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.
If you decide that you are ready to receive permanent birth control, we can schedule a date for your procedure. We will also provide you with detailed instructions that will explain the steps that you need to follow before your appointment.
The Day Before Your Procedure
To protect your safety, you will need to stop eating and drinking at a certain time during the evening before your appointment. We will provide you with specific information about when you must stop consuming food and liquids.
The Morning of Your Procedure
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment and be prepared to take off your jewelry before your procedure begins. You’ll also need to recruit a close friend or family member to take you home after your procedure is complete.
What Will Happen During My Tubal Ligation?
Although the exact details of your procedure will be customized to fit your unique situation, there are a number of techniques that we are likely to use during your tubal ligation.
We will begin your procedure by using anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable while we close your fallopian tubes. Depending on your circumstances, we may use general anesthesia that will allow you to remain unconscious throughout the procedure. Alternatively, we can help you relax by giving you a combination of sedation and local anesthesia.
Visualizing Your Organs
After your skin is numb, we will gently insert a special device into your uterus. This device will help us position your uterus during the next steps of your procedure.
Once your uterus is ready, we will make a very small incision into the area near your navel. We will use this incision to put a small device called a laparoscope into your body. This device will enable us to see your reproductive organs.
Closing Your Fallopian Tubes
Next, we will make another tiny incision into your body. This incision will allow us to use a device to grasp your fallopian tubes. We will use a laser to heat up a small area on each of your tubes. This heat will close off your tubes and prevent your eggs from moving through these organs.
Finishing Your Procedure
After we have sealed off your tubes, we will remove our devices from your body and close up your incisions.
Will I Need to Plan for a Long Recovery Period After I Get This Procedure?
Once your tubal ligation is complete, you will need to stay in a recovery room for several hours. During this time, we will monitor you and make sure that you are having a good response to your procedure. After a sufficient amount of time has passed, you’ll be able to go home and begin the next part of your recovery.
Since the medication that you received before your procedure will make you feel drowsy, you cannot drive yourself back to your apartment or house. Instead, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home.
Returning to Your Job
It’s common to stay at home and rest for the next several days. After this time has passed, you’ll probably feel well enough to return to your job and other tasks.
Monitoring Your Menstrual Cycle
For the next month, you may experience some vaginal bleeding while your tissues heal. This procedure may also affect your menstrual cycle. Although your body’s reaction to your tubal ligation will be unique, your next period may be later than usual. In fact, you might not have a period for the next six weeks. After your period returns, your menstrual cycle should become regular again.
Will My Health Insurance Pay for This Type of Birth Control?
Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurance plans are required to cover the costs of getting certain types of birth control. As a result, your health insurance may pay for the entire cost of your tubal ligation. Other plans may cover some of the fees that are associated with your procedure. You should contact your insurance agent to determine if your insurance will cover this type of birth control.
If you don’t have health insurance, you may still benefit from getting a tubal ligation. Since this procedure will permanently prevent you from becoming pregnant, you won’t have to spend your money on oral contraceptives, IUDs, or other types of birth control.
Control Your Fertility
If you don’t plan on having children in the future, you should consider using a laser tubal ligation to control your fertility. This type of birth control is easy, effective, and permanent. You don’t have to worry about taking daily pills or using other hormonal methods to prevent unintended pregnancies. To learn more about this type of birth control, contact us at Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, Illinois.