What My Doctor Didn’t Tell Me About My Tubal Ligation

Have you ever had a regret so big, one that could have been avoided if you had a little more information? Well, that’s how I feel about some things in my life. I don’t mean things like I wish I bought a home sooner, or I wish I took that job. I am talking about medical decisions that will affect me for the rest of my life. Right now I am talking about my tubal ligation.

So, I have 5 kids and have had 3 c-sections. When I scheduled my third c-section my husband and I made the decision to have my tubes done. After all, they were already in there, right? We knew that we were not planning any more children, so why not? I knew other people who had had it done, and they all seemed fine. Well, I wish I had dug deeper.

It has been 7 years. At first, it looked like everything was fine. well, now I am battling low iron levels and adenomyosis.

Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome and Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a condition where the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium). Symptoms include heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding, severe menstrual cramps, and abdominal pressure and bloating. The only cure is a hysterectomy. It sounds painful, and it is.

If you read the doctor’s literature, they don’t tell you about this. At first, I thought I was crazy, Maybe it was just my body getting older.Then I discovered that I am not alone. There is a name for what women suffer after a tubal ligation: Post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS or PTS.)

PTLS can cause so many symptoms, it’s actually scary.

Castrative Menopause
Severe Hormone Imbalance
Ovarian Isolation (Post Hysterectomy, Post Tubal Ligation)
Atrophic Ovaries
Hormone Shock
Increased Risk of Heart Disease
Bone Loss and Osteoporosis
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)
Severe Pelvic Adhesions
Misplacement of Female Organs
Decreased Lactating Ability

This was all news to me. I did not do my own research, and now I am paying the price. These days, the pain can be so bad that I am so close to just having a hysterectomy to just be done with it! Instead, I am trying to learn from my mistake, not taking the first suggestion, the standard suggestions. No, I am exploring my options.

So what next?

The doctor’s suggestion was to use an IUD to control my hormones, which she believed would improve my symptoms. After reading the side effects, I didn’t feel comfortable. I don’t need birth control. Why mess more with my hormones and deal with side effects like weight gain, or complications from the procedure?

My current path is with a naturopath, and I will update you all on any thoughts in an upcoming post. For now, I want to know your thoughts. Have you had a tubal? Have you any side effects? I want to hear about your experiences!

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