J.S. asks from Visalia, CA on December 23, 2008
Tubal Ligation After C-section - Visalia,CA
I am due to have my last child in March. Absolutely certain its my last. I wanted to get a tubal at the time of my c-section but i have had a couple friends tell me that periods are soo much worse after having one. I have always had light periods my entire life, in fact prior to this pregnancy i took the birth control non-stop so i only had a period maybe 3 times a year. With that in mind....8 years of this and i ended up pregnant and didn't know till 12 weeks. Now i am not sure what to do, heavy bleeding is the last thing i need while taking care of a newborn. My husband is willing to have a vasectomy but honestly the tubal is 100% covered in my insurance and the vasectomy we would have to pay for completely due to our coinsurance (about $800) I would love to go the cheaper route for sure. Anyone have advice, stories or thoughts on this?
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C.J. answers from Los Angeles on December 25, 2008
my experience..I had a tubal after 2 c sections and it's not that the periods are heavier, it was that before, when I was on birth control pills, it controlled my period. So I had to go back on them because I hated the heavy periods and cramping.
K.R. answers from San Diego on December 24, 2008
I had a tubal after my c-section and I have not had any issues with it . I can tell you that you will be more sore if you do it at the same time but it is not that bad Hope it helps Krissy
S.M. answers from Los Angeles on December 24, 2008
I had that done after my second and final. My periods were not that bad. After the initial bleeding from having the baby stopped my first period was pretty heavy but after that they slowed down. It has been almost a year and everything is going well. So don't worry you'll be fine!!
S.L. answers from Los Angeles on December 24, 2008
In my family the ones who got a tubal have the worst periods now and the worst PMS. They said it changed everything. My husband is wonderful and took pity on me and when the baby is here and we know she is healthy he is getting a vasectomy. No fuss he will be be able to go back to work the next day where I would be hurting for a while and need time to recover. He also was great and said I never had to take the pill, weve been together 11 years and he was fine with condoms or other options so I wouldn't have to mess with my hormones. I hope your husband will do this option for you so you don't have to go through a tubal.
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T.M. answers from Los Angeles on December 24, 2008
Not true in my case, only the first one or two after having it done and it has nothing to do with having your tubes tied, its because always after having a baby the periods are heavy for one or two months worth, I had my tubes tied 17 yrs ago, it did not change my periods... at all,
M.D. answers from Los Angeles on December 24, 2008
Absolutely not the case with me. Quite the opposite although I think its more from having babies, my periods are very short (4 days and usually no cramps). And not having to worry about birth control....wonderful.
Blessings to you and your famiy and your new little one!!!
W.H. answers from Los Angeles on December 24, 2008
My neighbor, and good friend's sister had a tubal ligation and now she is pregnant! And not very happy about since her two boys are 18 and 16 and about to leave home and her partner has already left on a two-year contract to work in Cuba.
I just wanted to share with you an example of someone I know who had one.
Did you ever consider getting a copper IUD? I read that they are actually the only form of contraception known to have fewer instance of pregnancy than TL. They are approved for use in the U.S. for up to 10 years (and in Europe for 12 years), and dont use hormones, just copper. I got it put in this past april. The only sort of "side effects" I have had is that I had some cramping and spotting the first few months, but less and less each month. My periods are lighter and shorter and no more cramping now, just a bit of spotting midway through my cycle. no big deal, way better than pills or condoms or worrying or surgery, as far as I am concerned.
Its kinda funny because it is actually the most commonly used form of birth control by women around the world. It has the highest rate of protection, and the lowest danger.
Look into it. But be careful not to get it mixed up with the Mirena IUD that uses hormones and is only good for 5 years. Hormones- NOT GOOD! DANGEROUS!
OH YEAH- if you DO decide that you DO want to have another child, you have it removed and you can get pregnant as soon as the first month because it is non-hormona!
GOOD LUCK AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!
T.M. answers from Los Angeles on December 24, 2008
Don't do it! I had horrible side effects that lasted about 2 years. I would research it further. I found out later that sterilization is the worst thing you can do to a female body. Given the chance I would NOT do it again. I only wish someone had told me (the doctors didn't mention a thing, actually promoted it.
Good luck and Congrats!
J.K. answers from Los Angeles on December 26, 2008
I am not a doctor, but it seems odd to me that cutting the fallopian tube and not allowing the egg to get past the cut would cause ANY change in periods. I had an IUD after my second child. I had some cramping at first, but then my mom, the health nut, said to take vitamin E. Poof! No more cramps. Periods were a bit heavier, but not unmanageable. After my third, I had a tubal. Life is great! I never have to think about birth control again! No hormones, nothing. My periods are the same as before, just one day shorter. The pill makes you have shorter, lighter periods, so with a tubal your periods should be what they would be naturally. I had mine done while I was in the hospital, one day after birth. My recovery was just like it would have been just giving birth anyway and it was 100% covered as well. They went in through my belly button! I am an 'innie' so the scar isn't even visible. If I had needed a C-section they would have done it at the same time. I say "go for it!" Just don't forget to sign the papers within the waiting period. You can always change your mind at the last minute, but you need to have that waiting period. Good luck!
R.J. answers from San Diego on December 26, 2008
You've had a lot of responses....so I'll be quick.
There are a TON of side effects with tubals. Pretty much no one gets them ALL, most people get SOME, and a reeeeaaally small percentage don't have any at all until menopause. Not that menopause is always bad. My own Mum had PMS for 13 years (her own side effects from her tubal) until menopause hit, and then she evened out.
Personally, I have the copper IUD...which has the same failure rate as a vasectomy, and lasts for 10 years. First couple periods are gnarly (cramps during), but there are no hormone related side effects, because you're not mucking about with hormones...and aside from some cramping for a few days a month for the first few months you'd never know anything was there.
BTB..I've had mine now for 6 years...and like everyone else with copper...LO-OOOVE it!
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on December 23, 2008
I had a tubal. I do not regret it all. Not having to worry about bc or the chance of getting pregnant is wonderful.
My periods are maybe a bit heavier but nothing terrible or severe. I was on the pill before so that always made them lighter. They even seem a bit shorter too.
For my PMS and cramps I take Evening Primrose Oil which helps a lot.
As long as you and your husband are 100% sure of your decision, go for it.
Since you are having a c-section it will be easier for you. I had a separate surgery later the day of a vaginal delivery.