Tubal Sterilization

Tubal sterilization is a permanent form of birth control where the fallopian tubes are:

  • Sutured with special thread
  • Sealed with an electric current
  • Closed shut with bands or clips
  • Blocked by scar tissue formed by implants

Tubal sterilization is the most popular form of birth control.

Laparoscopic Sterilization

Laparoscopic sterilization is a form of tubal sterilization. Laparoscopic sterilization is highly effective and has a low risk of complications.


A special tool called a laparoscope is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen, around the navel. An additional incision may be made to close off or remove the fallopian tubes. The laparoscope is removed and the incision(s) is closed with stitches or special tape.


Compared to other forms of sterilization, laparoscopic sterilization is generally an outpatient surgery, allowing you to go home the same day.

After Your Surgery

As with any surgery, complications can occur. You can expect these general symptoms, which last for a few days after your surgery:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Shoulder pain
  • Cramps
  • Gas (or bloat)

Choosing Tubal Sterilization

It’s important to talk with your doctor if this procedure is right for you, especially if you think you may want to get pregnant in the future. This procedure is permanent and cannot be reversed. We strongly recommend discussing all of your options with your doctor before making a decision regarding tubal sterilization. 

Sylacauga OB-GYN: Providing Sterilization Guidance

For over a decade, Sylacauga has provided effective, high-quality women’s healthcare for every walk of life, from childbirth to beyond. If you have questions about tubal sterilization or believe it’s right for you, talk to us! We’ll discuss your concerns, goals and any expectations from the procedure.

To schedule your appointment or to ask questions, give us a call or email us at [email protected].