by Emily McBride
(last updated November 5, 2011)
The way that a woman can become sterile is by getting a tubal ligation. This permanent form of birth control is also known as "getting your tubes tied." In this procedure, the fallopian tubes (which are part of the reproductive system) are pinched off and sealed, so that the eggs can no longer travel to the uterus to be fertilized by the sperm. There are many different procedures used for tubal ligations, so if you are considering one, talk to your doctor about what kind would be best for you. This procedure is far less risky than a hysterectomy, which is when the entire uterus (and sometimes more of the reproductive organs) are removed.
If you are in a stable marriage that you plan on staying in, consider having your husband get a vasectomy instead; a tubal ligation is a much bigger surgery with greater risks than a vasectomy. Most importantly, remember to be completely sure that you will not want to become pregnant in the future before you get a tubal ligation. There are many other effective forms of birth control that can help you out without affecting you permanently.
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