Women's Health Texas – San Antonio

Permanent Birth Control Options

Learn more about permanent birth control options

Permanent birth control options, or sterilization procedures like tubal ligation, are very effective. They offer women the most reliable way to permanently prevent pregnancy. Our San Antonio OBGYNs perform surgical sterilization techniques.

Many women choose tubal ligation, or “getting their tubes tied.” When a doctor closes or removes the fallopian tubes, it prevents sperm from reaching the egg. It also prevents the egg from reaching the uterus. Our San Antonio OBGYNs can perform these procedures using different methods.

More about these permanent methods

Permanent birth control for tubal ligation include the following types of surgery.

Laparoscopic tubal ligation

During this minimally invasive procedure, our physicians make a small incision near the woman’s navel in order to insert the laparoscope. Our San Antonio OBGYNs insert instruments through the laparoscope to remove or close off the fallopian tubes.

Postpartum tubal ligation

One of the permanent options for women who have just given birth is the postpartum tubal ligation. After a vaginal delivery, the procedure is performed through an incision near the naval. However, after a cesarean delivery, no additional incision is required.

These permanent birth control options are minimally invasive surgeries. They offer fewer complications and less recovery time than traditional open surgery. Both procedures only take about 30 minutes.

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks that may occur, including issues caused by anesthesia, bleeding and infection. It is extremely rare, but in less than 1% of cases, the fallopian tubes may not be completely closed or cut during the procedure. If this occurs, there is an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.

It’s important to remember that permanent birth control does not protect women against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Our San Antonio OBGYNs recommend using safe sex practices to avoid contracting STIs. Women who are considering permanent birth control options should contact us to learn more.