Tubal Ligation - What Women Should Know about PTLS

Published: 09th July 2009
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If you are considering having tubal ligation surgery, you need to learn more about Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome (ptls). While we don't really know what percentage of women suffer from this problem, figures available online vary from 2% all the way up to 35%. That's because the medical community as a whole doesn't think ptls is a real side effect of tubal ligation and studies on the problem are very limited. But then, just a few years back, they didn't think chronic fatigue syndrome was real either. Whatever the real number of women suffering from the symptoms, it's important that you learn what you can in order to make the best decision for you whether having this surgery is right or not.

The symptoms associated with PTLS are varied. Search online and you will find a long list of possible symptoms but some of the tubal ligaiton side effects are increased bleeding to the point of flooding when menstruating and increased cramps so painful the sufferer cannot get out of bed. Also you may find that menstrual cycles are irregular or do not happen at all. Other symptoms can include but are not limited to irritability and mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats, memory lapses, aching joints, depression, weight gain, and pelvic pain.

Some theorize that the problems are caused by lowered hormone levels due to the blood supply to the ovaries being damaged. Others point at the problems being due to too much of one hormone and not enough of another. Yet another is that the target cells in the fallopian tubes which relay hormonal messages are damaged or eliminated during the tubal ligation surgery. The fact is it is just unknown why this happens to some women and not to others.

Something else that you should be made aware of is that if the ovaries no longer function in the normal way due to whatever reason following the surgery, the production of hormones which protects you against heart disease and osteoporosis ceases. Generally you may end up having all the symptoms and complaints of menopause long before your time. Furthermore, you should be aware that many, many women who have their tubes tied later end up with a hysterectomy as a way of combating all the problems tubal ligation may cause. Might as well only have that surgery but then it brings its own set of problems which you should research as they are beyond the scope of this article.

The only way that PTLS can be effectively treated is through undergoing the procedure known as tubal ligation reversal. This procedure results in the fallopian tubes being surgically connected again. Even if you really don't want another baby which this surgery could make possible it may be your only real hope for removing the pain and suffering of ptls.

In fact, the leading tubal surgeon has about a 90% success rate relieving suffering from ptls. His website has more information on post tubal ligation syndrome and a forum where you can talk to other women. Is this a wise choice for you? Decide. Or if you have ptls, this can be your way to repair the damage.

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