November 23, 2017


Last updated : 1 December 2014


Reviewing A Tubal Ligation Surgery

Your Monthly Period and Pregnancy

Each month, one of your ovaries releases an egg into a fallopian tube. The egg travels to the uterus. After intercourse, sperm travel up the vagina and through the uterus. Then the sperm enter the fallopian tubes, where the egg can be fertilized. If the egg isn’t fertilized, it is absorbed by the body. Or it is discharged during your monthly period.

After Tubal Sterilization

Your ovaries still release an egg each month. But its passage through the fallopian tube is blocked. If you have intercourse, the sperm’s path through the tube is also blocked. If the egg and sperm don’t meet, pregnancy can’t occur. The egg is absorbed by your body. But you’ll still have monthly periods until menopause. In very rare cases, the egg and sperm do still meet and pregnancy does occur.

How Your Fallopian Tubes Are Blocked

There are four ways to block your fallopian tubes for tubal sterilization. Your surgeon will use one of the methods listed below.

The Next Step

In all types of tubal ligation, both ends of the tube are blocked and a small piece of the tube is missing. Once Dr. Rosenfeld reads your operative report, he’ll be able to tell how much of your tube remains and seems to be healthy for the tubal reversal surgery. The average length of tube before sterilization is 12-13 cm. As long as there are 6-7 cm of healthy tube remaining, you should have an excellent chance with tubal reversal surgery.