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Post Tubal Ligation Complications

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I had a tubal ligation in Feb 2004. I have regretted it ever since. If anyone is even thinking about it, I would not do it. After I had it done I started to cry and have mood swings... Talk about YOUR tubal ligation experience!
April 27, 2007 at 4:42 pm
(1) Lisa says:

I had a tubal ligation Sept 15th, 2005. My doctor informed me my periods would be heavier and more painful. It is late April of 2007, and I guess she was right. I had perfect periods up until now. I thought I was one of the lucky ones and these changes didn’t happen to me. I suppose everything will catch up to itself. The pain, cramping, backaches, leg pain and mood swings are unbelievable! I definately would not make that decision again

January 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm
(2) Nora says:

I had a tubal ligation in 2002 and have regretted it ever since. My periods are awful!!! Although they are not painful, they are extremely heavy and incredibly long. I recently had a hysterosonogram, so that my physician could rule out anything structually. Well, just as I thought, structually, I am perfectly normal. I know exactly what it is….THE TUBAL LIGATION!!! Unfortunately, I was never warned by my physician of all the possible complications. I wish I had been. I too want to warn anyone out there thinking about having a tubal ligation…..DON’T DO IT!!!

February 1, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(3) Cathy says:

I had a tubal ligation 16 years ago and never experienced any problems. It was the best decision I could have made and I never regretted it.

February 10, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(4) Dina says:

My periods ave been on time a little heavy for the first 2 days then i spot of the remain 3 or 4 days. I recently missed my period for 6 weeks. I was freaking out. I took 4 pregnancy tests all negative. Then I started spotting. I have been having some craps. But is there anyone else that has missed periods like this.

March 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm
(5) Kerrie says:

I had a tubal ligation about 4 months ago and have not experienced any of the complications that have given rise to this syndrome. Perhaps the cramps are a little worse than what I had while I was on the pill, but I’ve just gone back to the way my periods were pre-pill. It’s a small price to pay for not having to worry about getting pregnant ever again (except for that unlikely .1% possibility).

May 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(6) Michelle says:

I had a tubal litigation in 2000 and the problems keep getting worse through out the years. I have bad mood swings as well as sickness about the time I should be ovulating. I also have bad cramps, sickness, mood swings before I have my monthly cycle and after. It started out only a few days then slowly progressed to about 8 days long, of being sick, crazy and in constant pain. I have pain in my stomach and pelvis area as well as facial hair growing, and its not alittle, its becoming thicker, as well as very oily skin and air. My hormones are going crazy and I am seeing a doctor in a few days to see what is going on. My other also went through this, which slowly but progressively got worse. She ended up having a hysterectomy at about 30 years of age from complications due to her tubal litigation. I regret it totally and Im only 29.

May 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm
(7) Michelle says:

I also left out that I am so fatigue while Im suppose to be ovulating and on my monthly cycle that I frequently doze off into a deep sleep about 5 or 6 times a day,where I am actually dreaming and I have had 9 and a half hours of sleep the night before. Its also worth mentioning that I didnt have any complications before or after my tubal for the first 2 years, this has been happening for the last six years.

July 13, 2008 at 7:10 pm
(8) Candy says:

NEVER GET PREGNANT again one said. Donít be so sure, I got my tubes tied when my third child was born 10 months ago. I had a planned c-section because I couldnít find a doctor in my area that would do a v-bac. I got my tubes tided during the birth because we (my doctor and I) determined it would probably not be safe to have another caesarean section. I also knew there was no way I could afford to take care of another child. So in my mind there was no way to get pregnant again. This was concerned a decision that would cause me to be sterilized. I thought nothing else about this after the delivery.

I started having problems with my period in Feb just 5 months after having this done. I called to the doctor left messages, talked to the nurses they kept saying someone would call me backÖ.no one ever did. I missed 3 periods except for one month I would bleed after intercourse, which was really strange to me. Still the doctor or no one would call me back. I thought it was because of the tubal or I was going through early menopause. Iím only 27 I donít really know what was wrong. Finally my breast started getting sore my boyfriend said I had a dream you were pregnant are you sure you are not. I was scared to death…not again. I can afford it, I have to have a third c-section so close together. So many worries crossed my mind. I didnít want to believe it but I bought a test anyway. Sure enough it showed I was pregnant after having a tubal. Yes sometimes this would be
a blessing when there are so many women who regret having their tubes tided and later really want a child. I am scared to death I donít know what I am going to do. I do not have a job oh yeah by the way with this pregnancy I am having problems. I have a blood clog in between the placenta and uterus. I canít even pick up my 10-month-old child that needs me. I have nightmares on a daily basis that I am going to die in the surgery room while delivering.

Anyone with so insight on this please contacted me via tubalgonewrong@yahoo.com

August 1, 2008 at 6:53 pm
(9) Jane says:

I had my tubes tied almost 2 years ago as well. I am very happy with the decision because I know that I do not want anymore children. I have had problems though. One year after my tubes were tied, I began having night sweats and anxiety attacks. I’d have pretty bad PMS. However, I did find the website http://www.womentowomen.com and I ordered the multivitamins and herbal replacement pills. I must say that I have no more night sweats and my energy levels have increased. I am now so much more in tune with my body, but with that hormonal regulation, I now have painful ovulation. My painful ovulation is worse when I am under stress. However, with all things considered, I’d rather deal with this than being pregnant again and having yet another personality to deal with. I love children, but I don’t have a very strong or local support system, so I just can’t have anymore babies.

August 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm
(10) Kristina says:

I wasn’t told about the complications, but probably would’ve thought it wouldn’t happen to me. I really regret the surgery. My period lasts about two weeks with most of it being spotting. I am moody because of it. I get cramps also, which I never had before.

August 13, 2008 at 10:26 am
(11) leslee says:

I had a TL Sept 18 2001, during a c-section at age of 24, and I have regretted it ever since. I feel anyone with less the 2 children under the age of 30, should not even be considered for a TL other then for health reasons. I would like to have one more child, but that may not happen. The other issue, is that since I got my TL, I have severe painful ovulation and bad pms. Short and heavy periods, but my pms is aweful and I hurt for days on my lower right side. I know its from the TL. My sister, mom and many in my family got it, never had issues. But of course they were much older then I was, when they got theres done. I feel that has a lot to do with it. If you are considering a TL, make darn sure you want it and dont get it done while you had a c-section or just given birth (chances increase w/ problems when its done than, plus increases your chances for getting pregnant) Didn’t know that.. wish I did!

October 20, 2008 at 7:54 am
(12) Sue says:

I had tubal ligation at the age of 28. My periods were like clock work up til then, then as soon as i had this OP my next period was painful and I clotted.I have never had a period since, I am now 45. The Dr’s say it was a coincidence and I am going through early menopause. I never believed them as i have never had any symptoms that i knew of, but later in years i had a blood test which showed that my ovaries had shut down. If i could turn back time I would never of had the Tubal Ligation…

October 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm
(13) Kim says:

It’s been two and a half years since my tubal. I have had on and off pain since and in both ovaries.I picked up my daughter of 28lbs and felt a huge rip where my right ovary is. Now I can not lift or move certain ways or I feel like I will drop.
I’m going in for an ultrasound today. Wonder how much they can see if anything.

October 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm
(14) Rosalinda says:

I have a tubal about 2 years ago and have had no complications. The only difference I have seen is that my periods are heavier. I was made aware of all the problems that could occur before I had the procedure done. My BFF had hers done about 6 months ago and she having a lot of problems on the other hand. She has bad headaches, she cramps while having sex, and the other day she told me her period came on after sex and it wasn’t even time for it to be on. I guess different women, different problems. To all the women that are having problems stay strong.

November 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm
(15) marsha says:

I had a TL back in July of 2001 following the births of twins and a c-section. I to was not informed that my periods would be heavy and the cramping at times is almost unbareable.I have had a total of 4 children and I’m now in a new relationship and am wanting to become pregnant, but am unable to afford the cost.I now regret getting my tubes tied.I recommend to any women considering having this done, not to,unless it’s medically necessary. I truly regret it and in desperate need to get the tubal reversal.

November 11, 2008 at 12:05 am
(16) Sarah says:

I have had a tubal done In march 2006, I was 17 years old and i was not aware of any complication that could accure after having a tubal done.I regret my decision very much. I have two children but i also want to have more. Since i have had the tubal i have been in so much pain. my periods are heavier and more painful. I have a pain on my lower right side. And sometimes i cannot even play with my children. If i knew about all the complication before hand i would never have had the tubal.If i had to make the decision again i would not do it.

November 20, 2008 at 11:49 pm
(17) sonia says:

i had a tubal back in 06 since then my periods are irregular i skip a month or so…. and i’ve noticed that i feel dizzy around the time that i would normally be getting my period. Also I’ve noticed that i get fatigued a lot. Has anyone else felt these things?

November 22, 2008 at 11:29 pm
(18) Jville says:

Hi I had my tubes tied 7 months ago and I have bad periods also know, by lower back hurts all the time, when I ovulate I can feel it more than I could before the op and the pain is intense also, during intercourse I cramp and bleed like I am having another period this sucks sometimes my stomach hurts so bad it brings me to tears. Is any one else having these problems?

November 24, 2008 at 7:03 pm
(19) Lisa says:

i had a tubal ligation almost ten years ago. i was going to be having my second c section so i was to have my tubes done then. i have had some of the same symptoms but its hard for me to tell because i always had periods from hell! iam 32 years old now and am getting married next summer. everything is perfect except i really want to have a baby. that is my only regret about the tubal. is it even possible for me to concieve a baby?

November 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm
(20) Lisa says:

I had a TL March 07 after the birth of my second child. I did it during a scheduled c-section. I researched TL and came across some of the info on PTLS and discussed with my OB and was assured this syndrome did not exist. Well it does. About 6 months post partum I had my first period and it was awful. I too had severe burning and cramping down my legs and could feel myself ovulating with pain. I had cramps every single day. I had such mood swings and fits of rage. I could not play with my children because I was always in a state of fatigue. I had so many more symptoms, too many to list. However, I DID had a Tubal Reversal almost 5 weeks ago and I am like a new woman, mother and wife. I cannot tell you how this has completely changed my life. If anyone is thinking about having a TL, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!! Those of you thinking about a TR, DO IT AS FAST AS YOU CAN!! It was worth every penny spent. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is totally life changing, as the TL was to begin with.

I hope this helps anyone out there with questions about both. I no longer suffer from severe fatigue. I had my first period and it only lasted 3 days with NORMAL bleeding and practically no pain, just on the first day. Post TL they would last 7 days with spotting for a week after that. It is truly frieghtening how the snip of a tube can cause so much chaos in families.

Gool luck to everyone out there.

December 10, 2008 at 5:21 am
(21) Tamantha says:

I’m thinking about getting a tubal after I have my son. I already have a daughter and am very dead set on not having any more kids. I don’t like most kids all that much and two is plenty. I looked up info on the IUD and all those symptoms sound alot worse than anything iv’e seen here and would never get one of those. And I don’t know that my periods could be any worse than normal. I have very heavy periods (pre-pregnant) and absolutley horrible cramps. Sometimes they make me cry and may even get a migraine during my period. So possibly skippping a period wouldn’t be so bad. But if anyone had advice because I still am looking into this and am interested in what women have to say.

December 18, 2008 at 9:27 am
(22) Rachel says:

I had a TL in July of 2006 after the birth of my 3rd child. Have had terrible pain ever since. and now there is a hard knot in my lower right abdoman. I am having a CT scan today. Also painful sex and cramps during ovulation.

December 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm
(23) Barbara says:

I had a tubal Oct. 2002. A few years later my lower back started hurting out of the blue and my foot began to feel numb and tingling. I went to several doctors who told me there was nothing wrong with it. I still have lower back pain daily. I also no longer cramp in my stomach area but my lower back hurts even worse during my periods. I also have irregular periods, heavy bleeding, and awful mood swings. I also often spot for a whole week before I start. I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with me and after reading the comments on the TL I may have something to go on.

January 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm
(24) Monique says:

I had a TL in August of 2007. Since that time, I have been experiencing severe pain pre-menstrual cycle and I have also been having blood clots and bleeding heavily as well. My main problem is headaches. Since I had the TL, I have been having headaches daily. I don’t regret having the TL because my husband and I did not want to have anymore children. I am going to the doctor to rule other possible problems and if the results of my MRI comes back negative, I will definitely contribute my problems to the TL.

February 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(25) stefanie says:

I just had a tl a few weeks ago, at the same time i also had nuvasure, anyone else have the nuvasure?

February 12, 2009 at 7:53 am
(26) c messer says:

im am due to have my tubes seperated nxt mnth having done some reasearch on internet and reading the above blogs..im certainly going to be changing my mind and looking into alternative birth contril..thanks for the advice….

February 27, 2009 at 12:14 am
(27) Alaya says:

I’ve had three c-sections but my last one i have my tubes tied right after that c-section,
now i have this pain in my stomach that no pain killers can take away. i can’t lye down on my left side it’s hard to work out because it feels like it is go to bust.
i had check ups and ask the doc if there was something wrong but the did see anything. they said it could be scar-tissue.
I had my last child in 2006 and my tubes was tied on that same day but now my belly will not go down, i look like i’m still ahving a baby, if anyone else has a big belly and pain during their montly, contact me and let me know what are u doing to fix it, if your fixing it. alaya_n_richard@yahoo.com. T.y

March 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm
(28) robin says:

I had a TL 4 years ago after my second c-section. I had pre-eclampsia/toxemia with our first child and was very lucky to make it through the second pregnancy so well. I was 27 at the time. Since then I have had heavier periods but I was ok with that since I was getting older, had scar tissue from 2 c-sections and everything else…at least I wouldn’t get pregnant again. Now the past 2 months I have had longer heavier periods, painful ovulation, 2 urinary tract infections, and I am just miserable….unfortunately for my hubby sex is the farthest thing from my mind because it is so painful for me. I am so glad that I found this blog because I have a ob/gyn appointment coming up and I will definately go in with an educated view! At least I’m not alone!!! Thanks and good luck to all of you!!!

March 6, 2009 at 9:55 am
(29) Angie says:

I had a c-section in 2003 after having twins. My tubal ligation was done with my c-section. I also spoke with my ob. He said that there are no problems with tubal ligation. I have had severe cramps and heavy bleeding ever since. The bleeding is so bad that I have to use a pad and tampon the first 2 days of my cycle. I would not recommend to anyone!

March 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(30) Lindsay says:

I had a TL 4 months ago and I just had to have surgery for an embilical hernia. I don’t know if anyone has ever had this problem but they said that because I had the tubal done it left a weak spot. And because I got broncitis which made me cough very hard I ended up with a hernia. Recovery for that was more painful than giving birth! Now after reading what everyone else has to say about their tubals I’m getting very scarred. I am already noticing when I ovualate. I use to never be able to tell when I ovulated. By the way I’m 23 with 3 lovely girls and a step-son.

March 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(31) Lindsay says:

I had a TL 4 months ago and I just had to have surgery for an embilical hernia. I don’t know if anyone has ever had this problem but they said that because I had the tubal done it left a weak spot. And because I got broncitis which made me cough very hard I ended up with a hernia. Recovery for that was more painful than giving birth! Now after reading what everyone else has to say about their tubals I’m getting very scarred. I am already noticing when I ovualate. I use to never be able to tell when I ovulated. By the way I’m 23 with 3 lovely girls and a step-son.

March 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(32) Lindsay says:

I had a TL 4 months ago and I just had to have surgery for an embilical hernia. I don’t know if anyone has ever had this problem but they said that because I had the tubal done it left a weak spot. And because I got broncitis which made me cough very hard I ended up with a hernia. Recovery for that was more painful than giving birth! Now after reading what everyone else has to say about their tubals I’m getting very scarred. I am already noticing when I ovualate. I use to never be able to tell when I ovulated. By the way I’m 23 with 3 lovely girls and a step-son.

March 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm
(33) Moriah says:

WOW!what a relief it was to find this website and see i am not crazy! i got a t.l. n 11/1108 four months ago. and since my first mentrusal i have had mood swings so bad. i get so angry then so sad. the sharp pains in my pelvic come and go for the most part and then theres the night i feel it all night long. made appt to see the dr! economical hard times was my choice for this tl i can not afford any more children but if it wasnt for that i would keep giving the gift god made me.

March 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm
(34) Esther says:

9 years ago after barely surviving my 3rd pregnancy it was highly recommended that I have a TL. I didn’t feel I had any other options as another pregnancy would put my life at risk. I was told it would likely be fatal. I wish I knew what I know now. I always had bad periods and thought there was no way they could get worse. Wrong. My periods last 10 days and are very heavy 6-8oz. I am constantly exhausted, have terrible pms, severe mood swings, rage, and wicked cramps so bad I couldn’t get off the floor! (side note..a glass of water with a sprinkle of celtic sea salt taken at the first sings of cramps has elimintaed them! No idea why) . I have ongoing nagging sharp pains on my right ovary. I have been to several gyns and they can never tell me what it wrong. I recently got a new DR. and she imformed me that TL causes heavy, long periods. I have had one tubal pregnancy and they currently suspect another. After reading on here I see that my symptoms are common after a TL and I am not loosing my mind. I just wish they would have been forthright so I knew what I was getting into. For me there isn’t really any other options after my pregnancy with my youngest. She and I are both lucky to be here.

April 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(35) Terra says:

I am 28 years old and 19 weeks ago i gave birth to my second child at 37 weeks gestation. Very High Risk Pregnancy, my 3 yr old son was born at 34 weeks gestation due to a placental abruption ( painful and scarey). do to the many complications with both pregnancies (pre-trem labor starting at 25 weeks with the 2nd baby) my OB and I decided it was not in my best intrest to have any more children. I was not the best host!!! So we decided to do a Tubal Ligation as my form of Birth Control since I was having a c-section anyway. My first c-section was an emergancy due to the abruption. So I already had scare tissue built up and knew i would have heavier cycles, but i now have been bleeding for 19 WEEKS, yes not a joke!!! Very Painful Cramps and I can handle pain, but this is unbearable. Of course no OBGYN gives out pain killers for cramps, I have night sweats, hot flashes, NAUSEA. This is too much, i had to start back on the pill again, but i has not helped. I am now taking Provera and have no changes. I am so tired all the time and my baby sleeps all night and has been doing so since she was 8 weeks old. This is crazy it is interfering with my work and married life. If anyone finds a good treatment Please let me know!!!

April 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(36) lindsay says:

I had a tubal ligation done Nov 2008. They went through my bellybutton. Four months later had to have hernia repair surgery b\c they left a weak spot in my bellybutton when they closed me up. Now I am having two periods a month and cramping all month long. I am so emotional I cry all the time. And now I am late for my period. I use to be so regular! The doc wants to put me on birth control but I don’t handle it very well. I have to periods with bad mood swings on birth control. Thats why I have 3 children 3 and under! I also wish I had never had my tubal ligation done but instead wish my husband had had a vasectomy. Help!!!!! Oh and by the way, right after my surgery I was getting out of the shower (I believe 2 days later) and bent over and injured my back. They think its a pinched nerve. Just had an MRI done yesturday. Lets just say I really wish I had never had the tubal done!

May 13, 2009 at 9:44 am
(37) mindy says:

I had my tubal done on March 30,2009 and it was a big mistake! My periods have changed so much. Especially my cramps and now I have this really sharp pain on my lower right side. When the pain comes on it feels like a strong contraction. It’s so painful all I can do is lay in the bed and cry. And the thing is, my doctor said before this surgery “There are no side effects and that it would not effect my periods.” That was a big fat lie! But I called him and told him about this and told him look I’m in pain I need something for my periods. He said there are operative options, I mean isn’t that what got me here in the first place! So to anyone who is considering a TL I would would research it real good before u make a decision.

May 15, 2009 at 12:05 am
(38) EllieMae says:

I had a TL done in Dec. 2006 after an emergency C-Section with my 3rd daughter. My husband and I decided on it as we didn’t want anymore children (3′s enough), and seeing they were doing the section it could be done right away. I am happy with our decision to do the TL, however, since having it, I’ve had strong cramps that come with ovulation. My PMS was always rough, but now I get angry so easily, and I am so irritable just before my period starts. I had a period late Feb./09. None in March. April 09 comes and I get my P on the 2nd, then again on May 1st. The one on the 2nd of April was fairly short and light…an average cycle. The one on May first was quite heavy and lasted almost a week. Now, today is the 14th of May, and I’ve been spotting. I have also been having to pluck hairs from my chin since the TL. Anyone else having any of these issues?

June 11, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(39) Trina says:

I had my tubes tide nine years ago and I totally regret having it done….I am constantly in pain I haven’t had a cycle in almost two months….In the beginning I knew something wasn’t right but after going to the doctor and he reasuring me that I was healthy and fine I brushed it off….Now nine years later if and when I do have a cycle it stays on for six to seven days and my flow is extreamly heavy sometimes I fill as though I have parted the red sea it is just that bad….Honeslty I am thinking of getting everything taken out just to avoid all this pain that us women go through it is just horrible…My best girlfriend that I work with has been having the same problems after her tubes had been tied, yet she is trying to have more kids and she has four already….I need some help the cramps makes me won’t to go crazy on someone and then haveing sex is out of the questions because its hurts then i start bleeding to bad so that is off limits….


June 12, 2009 at 3:39 pm
(40) Kristi in Texas says:

I had a TL in Dec 1994, and regretted it for many years! I hav had alot of problems after the TL, my Dr said many women dont realize or put the 2 things together, such as heavier periods, Medical problems that occur oafter a TL because they dont know about them right away. I had a lowe thyroid for years after and didnt know it. Heavy bleeding and cramping, longer periods. See what happenes is when they cut or tie off your tubes, that stops alot of your hormones you get from your ovaries, it cutss of the bloodflow to and from. This is why all the problems occur. I had a Tubal reversal APRIL of 2009 and it was the best thing I did. My old me is back. and my periods are getting shorter. My tyroid was tested a month after my surgery and it needed to be lowered! I have been on that medication and that strength for many years, so I dont know how it does what it does. But I know what my dr said. WHen you mess with nature , alot of things happen and we dont know why or how, but just know that our bodies were made the way they were for a reason.

June 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm
(41) Kristi in texas says:

yes, it is crazy that you say that, I had a few hairs on my chin, and since I had my reversal they didnt come back? I dont know what and how but maybe it is as I said before, due to the hormones from the ovaries being cut off and the lack of blood flow? from the tubes to the ovaries?

June 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(42) Lisa says:

Ladies. all I can say is TUBAL REVERSAL!! And for those of you ladies wondering if you should have one or not, DON’T. Worst mistake of your lives. I had my tubal reversal oct 08 and have been relieved of all of my PTLS (post tubal ligation syndrome) symptoms. I’m back to running, lost 10 pounds, have 3-4 day regular cycles, no pain, no fatigue or mood swings or rage, and love to be with my kids which was so hard before. I also got my libido back which goes away after a TL. I highly recommend a Tubal reversal. Hope this helps.

KRISTI IN TEXAS, where did you have your reversal? I had mine in NC. How about you?

June 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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July 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(44) Cat says:

I never imagined that Everything I have been going threw since I had my tl was becouse of it. Till I cam accross this website I thought I was the only one and I have never felt so alone. till now. I had mine done back in 2000. I have four children and I was in a very abusive relationship I refused to have another child and be alone again. I decided to get it done. I was 25 years old had a bad feeling going in but still too young mined to look up information and never had connections on the how and the when and other choices I had other than the biggest mistake I was going to make. I was not informed of the risks and the pains that were going to occure after the procedure. I am 34 now i hated making the desision but I thought it had to be done I am in pain 3 weeks out of the month not just oh this hurts take asprin and it will go away. I am talking about pain that would wake me out of my sleep have me cured like a ball on the floor in tears why my children just watched helpless not knowing how to help mommie. like someone was twisting my insides and tenderizing it. I have bad mood swings but there not like I am a witch or anything I have become weak won’t speak my mind. I cry all the time feel like half a womane because I feel empty inside. My depression and my panick attacks are so strong I am always feeling I could not be a good enough support for my children or my husband who I have been married to for the past 7 years something I never thought I would find a man that loves me and my children as equals. I have done nothing but dream of having children eversince I left that office.. It is like a nightmare day in and day out. The pain does not go away the heavy bleeding for 7 days the feeling of ackiness on my body my back constantly hurting feeling like it is disconnecting on my lower back and shooting terrible lighting feeling shocks to my overies . I am not alone and it feel sad but good to know there are so many women that feel the same way as I do. My husband is 27 his brother pastaway the same year we met I have wanted nothing but to give him and my children who are 15, 14, 12, 10 a little addition to the family that is part of all of us my children are beautilful and understanding and never leave my side I cry when I see people pregnent because I get so excited for them yet it reminds me of my everlasting doom. I have done research for tubal reversals and the prices are too evpensive from $5900 to $10000. so again me dream seams so faraway and the pain comes one a month to remind me of the worst thing I have ever done. My sister can’t have kids I want to give her and her husband the gift of life and I can’t my husband is the last one to pass on his hame and I cant’ give him that gift either. I beg you and anyone who is considering it don’t react because you have a bad situaion in your life or don’t want anymore kids untill you make every possible research in the world. Get 4th and fith opinions and write pros and cons. There are other ways to prevent pregnancy. This one would feel like tourture every moth for the rest of your like and there are so much more in life than pain and suffering… THERES LIFE!!!!

July 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(45) Louise from Ottawa, Ontario says:

WOW – well I just got the internet 1 week after my TL and wish I had done my research before. These stories are scaring me to death. Since my surgery I’ve had severe back pain and my doctor says it’s nothing. Nothing my ass. I am almost crippled when I try and get up from a sitting position. It’s like my back won’t straighten out and I must take my time straightening it or I will fall to the ground. I sincerely hope this is just a really bad coincidence. I’ll keep you all posted.

July 27, 2009 at 10:45 am
(46) Julie Al Ahmad says:

I had my TL on 9/17/03 and i regret it every day. The pain started immediately after having it done. My first period post the surgery was so terrible. It felt like i was having contractions like in child birth. My moods were up and down, to the point where a dog food commercial made me cry. Then the cramps just kept getting worse. Now my cramps are so severe, that I can’t drive when I have my period or even participate in any activities that does not involve me laying in my bed doped up on pain pills. I have not had sex in years, due to the immense pain and extreme bleeding. My periods are every two weeks now. I’m very angry about all these things because I don’t even have a life anymore due to it. Now the pain last all month never going away, and gets worse when I ovulate and have my period. I want this reversed NOW!! I have dealt with this for so long, and NEVER read any of this on the pamplet they gave me, and it wasn’t discussed to me. My last peiod had such severe cramps that I thought i was going to have to go to the hospital. Taking so many pain killers is not good for anyone, and the leg crams are no fun either. I can totally relate to you all. I’m 28 and this isn’t how I should be living my life.

August 10, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(47) Marsha says:

I had a TL in 2001 after having a CSection. Shortly after that, I began to have horrific panic attacks. They were so debilitating that I ended up on disability. I never had this problem before. It started for me when I was holding my baby, just sitting there and I got an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to run away or I was going to pass out. My brain was on fast forward. I was sitting in an attorneys office and I just had an overwhelming urge to get up and leave. I went into counseling but Ive never been the same since.

For me being low income I didnt want more children so this was the right option for me. I have panic attacks before my periods start, I have severe mood swings all throughout my cycle.

On the upside though my periods have been lighter and I dont really cramp at all. I flow for 3-4 days at best,

I have overwhelming feelings that Im going to die, pass out, or I have something horribly wrong with me, and I never ever had these symptoms before the TL. I also get menstral migraines about a week before I start my period and they last 24-72 hours and docs write it off all the time as stress. The right side of my head pounds and it wraps the pain around my neck and eyes.

Im glad to know that other women experience what I do. Docs need to better educate themselves on TLS and stop writing symptoms off as stress.

August 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(48) lisa says:

I’m so glad I found this sight. I made an appointment for next week to see my dr for a Tl.
I’m 45 and have been on the pill with the exception of 1 child since I was 22. I am tired of the pill and I get headaches and what seems to be yeast infections after my period. That’s why I thought I would have a Tl. But after reading everyones comments I have decided to stay on the pill. My obgyn says I can stay on the pill until menopause. My regular doctor does not recommend it but says if I stay on the pill that soon I will have to start having my blood tested to see when I am in menopause. I guess I will accept that instead of going through what you have all talked about.

August 19, 2009 at 8:39 am
(49) meg says:

i had a tuble after my vaginal delivery and when dr cut me open my uterus and tubes were flipped backwards and intrapped it was horriable when she got everything finially in place she did the tubal but then i got an infection two weeks i spent in hospital while my newborn was home i seem better from surgery im concerned because im having stomach pain everyday

September 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(50) Jenny says:

I just had a tubal along with an ablation done last week. I found this web site because I’m not feeling my best yet. I was just wondering if this was normal. After reading this I’m hoping I didn’t make a huge mistake. All of my friends that have had tubals never mentioned anything like this. I can’t take birth control pills and even though I may go through menopause in the next eight years, I sure don’t need a baby now. Since I was having the ablation anyway, I thought I should just get my tubes tied. Now I’m wondering if I did the right thing.

October 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm
(51) Ryan says:

I am 47 and had a TL in July 2008. I did not have a period until 9/08, then, 11/08, 1/09, 2/09, 4/09, 5/09, 7/09 and now it is going on day 90 and no period! I have had several ultrasounds which show 2 small cysts on my right ovary. My right ovary is always tender and sex is painful. My primary care physician and OB/GYN keep telling me that it is normal and that I am probably just menopausal. They tell me PTLS does not exist…I say B.S.

November 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm
(52) Syrena says:

I am so glad I came across this site I got my TL after my 3rd child in Oct of 2006 and I have mixed feelings on this subject I am glad I cannot have anymore chilren because 3 is plenty and couldn’t afford a 4th anyways but the thing I regret the most is the periods are horrible I bleed so bad I have to wear a super plus tampon and the biggest pad and change every 20 minutes I went to Dr and he said either I could live with or have a procedure called Novasure done is there anyone that has ever had this done if so I would love to have your input of it..

November 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(53) anna says:

im very scared now,i just had mine done 2 weeks ago.so far everything is fine but these stories of terrible pain and cramping and heavy bleeding is worrying me.

November 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm
(54) Paula says:

I had a TL in September of this year and the doctor told me last month that it takes two to three months before your cycles get back to normal. Well I just had the third cycle and it just gets worse! First cycle after having the TL I had the worst migraine of my life! Just passed the third cycle and the pain in the ovaries is like labor pains! I remained on the pill so as to try and avoid messing up the hormones but it seems like every month since has brought on a new and painful complication. I would think twice before having a TL.

November 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm
(55) DC says:

This message is for kristi in texas i swear i am going through the same as you were and I want my tubes reversed too many complications how much did it cost and did your insurance cover it.

December 13, 2009 at 2:19 am
(56) Mumof4 says:

Ok first of all, I read the comments above and tubal ligation cannot cause hormone problems. Your falopian tubes have NOTHING to do with hormone secretion, therefore the moods wings are just part of your normal PMS or they may even be related to pain and frustration with the pain you may feel due to your TL. I had a tubal ligation in April of 2008. I find I have pain on my lower left side around the time I have my periods and during ovulation… this is NORMAL though because during your cycle the lining grows inside your tubes as well as your uterus so when you shed or when you release your egg, you have the obvious block of a clamp or cauterization, so this should be expected to be uncomfortable. This can also cause longer periods as your body attempts to shed the lining that cannot move past the blockage. Of course these symptoms do not happen in every person who has had a tubal ligation… everyones body reacts different to interference with our normal bodily functions. As far as I am concerned, the complications you speak of are kind of obvious if you actually research and understand the female reproductive system and the tubal ligation process before undergoing major surgery!!!

December 20, 2009 at 12:41 am
(57) momof3girls says:

Thanks momof4 I didn’t even read everyone’s post but it was some were kinda crazy. Well my doc didn’t explain anything to me and I asked and read the lit that they gave me. I did not however research online or anything before having the TL. So my youngest is now 6 months and I am breast feeding so my periods are kida screwy anyway but the cramps and the bleeding “oh my goodness” I haven’t felt like that since I don’t know if I ever had that much pain. Which is really weird too because with my other two breast feeding and all my periods were lighter and I never had cramps. So just assuming all my greif is caused by the procedure…sucks but…hey its once a month.

December 22, 2009 at 2:54 am
(58) Ash says:

I have a horrible long heavy and painful periods since i had the surgery i think the physicans should tell you more what could happen and what can change im still very irritated that my doctor didnt tell me anything

December 26, 2009 at 11:58 am
(59) Laura Phyllis says:

I had my tubal ligation at 34.5 years and I am now 39.5 years old. I too, suffer from terrible panic attacks and anxiety and sometimes it’s so bad I cannot care for my three children. My mother is a breast cancer survivor so birth control pills were never an option for me-how funny they want to give them to me now!!!!! Several doctors have implied it’s all in my head. I know my husband believes I’ve lost it completely.

I only wish I knew back then the pain and suffering the TL would cause me. My husband has lost a wife and my children their mother. How ironic I had the TL to made life *better.” How bad things are now.

I am going to have my hormones tested this week. Has anyone had a recent work up done? What were your results?

Thank you so much for the eyes and ears-I’m so sorry for your suffering.

Laura Phyllis

January 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm
(60) Kara says:

Hello Ladies, like so many of you I too thought I was crazy. I have been to the ER several times and many trips to the OB/Gyn to try and find out what is wrong with me. I had my tubal about 2-3months after my third child, Jan. 04. Growing up my periods where like clock work and I never had any problems. After the tubal things progrssively got worse. First the heavy periods, then the lack of energy to the point of constantly laying in a bed on a heating pad all day and feeling like crap because I can’t get up and do the things I have to do and need to do! Then came the “lighting pain” from my ovaires, at first these pains came and went now I hurt like this 3 weeks at a time. My periods are now 9-11days and the first 3-4 I bleed so heavily I can have an accident after 30 mins of putting a super plus tampon in, and I don’t mean spotting I mean full on bleeding pouring out of me! For me sex is horriable, I have no libido and it hurts and I bleed sometimes after. My moods, well u probably already know that it is like living with Dr. Jeykell and Mr. hyde for my family. I hate it I want to be part of my families life w/o being miserable and not havign the energy to do anything. As of recently I have started having issues w/ my bladder. I have frequent urination, its not a infection I have been tested a thousand times been to a specialist and have had the camera inside my bladder and no explanations. The meds the urologist gave me they don’t work and the special diet doesn’t either. So I am now released from the urologist because there is nothng wrong with my bladder, but yet I am crazy because I am complaining of all these symptoms. So now I am back at he OB/gyn at first he put me on hormones for a year and that didn’t even change my period, it was suppose to!Needless to say the pains have worsened to the point of me crouching to the ground in pain and curling up in a fetal position to find some releif. Last week I had my last Ob/gyn appt and he did the normally yearly stuff while he was doing that I was explaining to him how all the syptoms are and when he got done he stood up and said ok, I am scheduleing you for an DNC and Laproscopic (exploratory), next week. I also had a ultrasound and no suprise to anyone here everything looked normal. But it was also the first 3-4 days after my period when I have a few days of some relief before it is right back to pain andn aggravation. So I decided to do some research which has lead me to here. My surgery is Thursday but Wednesday I have to go back to the DR for pre-op and I am going to mention this to him, I will probably get looked at like I am funny but i am going to try, wish me luck!
I too was in an abusive relationship and getting me pregnant was a way of him controlling me, and God has blessed me with three amazing children. I really did not want to get the TL but I felt like I had no other option, but I also knew that I would get myself an my kids out of the mess we were in and I did. Now I am married to an amazing man who does not have any kids. I found a man to love me and my kids instead of some one who says the love me and the kids but doesn’t. He has said to me many times, that he is happy and he doesn’t need a baby because he has three of his own. But as a women we all kinda feel gulity and just want to be able to give him his own child. Well for me I feel that way but I am ok with not giving him a child if I can’t. I just want to make all the pain, aggravation, and misery go away. Not only for me but for my husband and my children. Its like the lady said earlier, we had the TL performed to make life better for what God had already given us, but instead it has taken us away from what we hold dearest.
I was not informed by my doctor of any of these kind of post tubal complications. And I guess I was to young and scared to research any other options! Wish I had! I am ok with having to have my tubes reversed, it doesn’t scare me to get pregnant or not. I believe I should have let things stay God’s way instead of messing with the natural order of things. I too am scared feel crazy and think that everyone I talk to about thinks I am crazy, but life is to short to live like this! I am now 31 and I too regret the TL and if you are considering one please do your research and consider other options and don’t let anyone talk you into it, its your life and u want to be able to be there for your child/children later, because I am not and that is pure misery to live with. Including everyday I feel like this I missing out on times I can’t get back with my babies.

February 5, 2010 at 2:35 am
(61) rachellelvn says:

Actually to momof4…the clamping ,tying..or however the procedure DOES affect hormones…this is because the ovaries tend to share circulation with the tubes…..with circulation impeded the ovaries begin to atrophy…therefore the decreased output of estrogen….many signs of ptls are signs of low estrogen……..this info is coming from a nurse.

February 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(62) Joanne Jordan says:

Hi, I had my TL when I was 36 years old after my secong child. I was never told by the doctor about the side effects.The last 7 years have been a nightmare for me.I use to have my periods for 3 days now it is 8 and they are very heavy,my sex drive is gone and I feel like I am PMS 3 weeks out of the month.The depression and the mood swings are awful.The doctors say it is all in my head and the TL did not cause the problems,that is BS.I know my body and I was fine until I had the Surgery.So,I am now going to get the TR done by Dr Lisa Rogers at the Jackson Clinic in Jackson Tennessee.The cost is $4500.Yes,after the surgery I could become pregnant but that is what birth control pills are for.If a baby is in my future so be it.I just want to feel normal again…

February 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(63) Eleanor says:

I had the TL after C-section birth of my daughter 8years ago, I was 28. Over the last several years I have noticed a real change in my menstral cycle. I have all of the symptoms of PMDD- the mood swings are unbelievable and my periods have not increased to 7days (which is a pain) with the first 3-4 days being very heavy. I am now having increased R side abdominal pain and the fatigue is debiliating around the week prior to and the week of my cycle. I’ve never connected any of this with having the TL and not really sure if it is since this has begun around 34yrs old-I attribute it to my changing horomones with aging. Although my GYN is great and female, I find that people tend to take women’s complaints less serious and we suffer greatly for it. This is very interesting that my fellow females are experiencing the some of the same things- I think more research is needed to investigate if there is a corrulation. It’s worth a shot. But when it comes to women’s health, it will take another 80-100years. If men experienced complications after a vasectomy, the research would have been completed and the nobel prize would have been handed out already. We carry so much but can get so little help!

March 10, 2010 at 9:19 am
(64) gayle says:

i had a tubal ligation and ablasion the only problem that i have had is a pinched nerve on the surgery sight as i had to have it accross my pubic line !! i havent had a period and i havent had any mood swings im not going to tell that it wasnt uncomfortable ( it was ) but it was the best decision that i have made thnkyou to my dr xx

March 11, 2010 at 8:06 am
(65) Mary says:

I’m sorry to see all these stories about complications due to tubal ligation. Unfortunately, TL in some cases can lead to what is known as Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome (PTLS). Sadly, the symptoms can vary from changes in your cycle(which your dr will say is normal), to more painful, heavier and longer lasting menstruation, and even in some cases early menopause(which your dr will say is not related). When I had a c-section in 2003, I decided a TL was the right decision. Boy, was I wrong! I never had a period again (early meno at 40yrs) and ended up w/ terrible symptoms of joint pain, depression, sexual problems, skin problems, bloodshot eyes, frizzy hair, memory loss, etc. – the list goes on. The changes in my body and loss of youth were frightening to me. Of course, the dr. tells me its in no way related to my TL. LOL-yeh, right! I have been trying to use bio-identical hormone replacement but to no avail. I am fortunate to have a loving husband who is completely supportive. I have read about 30 books on the subject and related subject of menopause. I have also spent a bundle of money trying to see experts but I’m still suffering from memory loss. I also struggle with the fact that I made this decision which has basically ruined my life – sounds melodramatic but before the TL, I was healthy-never had PMS or any issues w/ my cycle or health. I’ve also spent way too much time trying to figure it all out! Unfortunately, trying to find balance with HRT has just been impossible for me. I do have a great website and support network to share with only those who have experience menopause as a result of a TL. The site is “Survivors of Surgical Menopause”. Its mostlty women who have had hysterectomies but in our case it still applies. Great resource and support can be found there. One final thought, I’ve learned that womens ovaries produce hormones until you die-not just through to menopause. And, these little hormone factories are vital to your over-all short and long-term health. Studies show that women who have had hysterectomies(ovaries removed), suffer more from cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, depression, etc. Unfortunately, TL is a quick money maker and because symptoms can sometimes arise years after the procedure-the connection is never made. I think TL should be outlawed!
What God has made, no one can replace!

March 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(66) Rebecca says:

hi my name is rebecca i have two boys one girl ,after my last boy got my tl, i regret it a little because mentaly it was hard for me to see pregnant women , but then am spoiling my three children, am still blessed with what i got,but my ex-husband threw all that in my face that i cant have no more kids, but then i found somebody that excepts me and my children, feeling a little up and down , but three c-sections in a role , my body would not handle another one,sometimes we have take care of ourself first

March 27, 2010 at 9:45 am
(67) kelly says:

I had a tubal ligation 3.5 years ago after the birth of my fourth child. Shortly after that I started having all kinds of problems. I have been diagnosed with panic attacks, ulcerative proctitis, I have severe debilitating pain during ovullation and my periods are heavy with clotting that lasts for 7-10 days.
To top it all off while they where scanning me re the UP they found that one of my clamps was missing. I went to my GBYN and was told that this was very common. Tested with an xray dye to make sure of no leaks and none. However the idea of something just floating around my body scares the hell out of me. That is how I ended up here and I am glad I did I now know that my extreme mood swings/panic attacks/pain and exhaustion are all related and that I have not become a hypocondriac over night.
Blessings to all of you and Thanks to you with advice.

April 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(68) chasity says:

Wow, I’m glad I found this website. I thought just having another child and working fulltime was causing my symptoms. I’m only 28 and keep thinking I never felt this exhausted with my first child. I’m more depressed than I have ever been, have anxiety, heavy bleeding w/clots and pain in my pelvic area during my period. Let’s just say I have more than half the symptoms of Ptls. I’m going to check into have a reversal hopefully my insurance can cover it or reimburse if it’s medically needed. I really don’t want a hysterectomy at my age plus there’s many complications to that as well. I pretty sure I don’t want more kids but I want the option to be there should I change my mind. Great site. I too wish my doctor would have informed me of the potential side effects. The only thing she asked me was if I was sure I didn’t want more kids and I thought well if I do and ever well off enough I’d have invitro or reversal. Well now I want a reversal due to all my complications had I know I would have never got it done. I thought it was safer than other forms of birth control due to not taking synthetic hormones. Boy was I wrong.. I so hope my insurance covers it. If not then I will be saving and taking a trip to Jackson, TN. That’s the cheapest I’ve found and it’s kinda close to where I live.

May 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(69) Becca says:

I have three children and am 30 going on 31. My children are 4, 3, and 17 months. After my son was born in December of 2008, I decided to have my tubes tied. THIS WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE! Though my doctor and I agreed that another child would not be a good idea, I didn’t realize that having a tubal would be such a nightmare. I have bleeding so heavy that I am afraid to leave the house. The cramping is so unbelievable that I think it could make a grown man cry. And every single month I have pregnancy symptoms, right before my period. I keep worrying that I’m pregnant. I get nauseated, things smell bad, I’m moody, I’m fatigued, and my breasts become sore. I am sick and tired of it. I am looking into a reversal and wonder if my insurance will pay. Does anyone else experience pregnancy symptoms on a regular basis since their tubal?

May 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(70) Stacey says:

I am thinking about getting my TL reversed. I had a Tubal ligation after my 2nd child 5/2000 cuz I was done having kids. Well I knew a few people that had their tubes tied and they said they had heavy bleeding. This didn’t concern me cuz I already had heavy bleeding with my normal menstrual cycle anyway. They also stated they had cramps, again already experienced it so wasn’t scared. Well what they and My MD didn’t tell me was heavy bleeding is an understatment. I stand and feel like a blood faucet was running between my legs. I normally before the TL popped in a Super tampon with a maximum strength pad to cover just in case and was fine. I had a system well each year the problem gets worse. Imagine having menstrual accidents at the age of 35,so embarrassing. Also I used to think that PMS was an excuse and that all the women were crazy or just not nice in the first place. I have been proven wrong, I call it my Easily Irritated Time of the Month and it can happen before the period too. I have had a HOST of gyn problems since the TL. I had never had a yeast infection, ovarian cyst, fibroid tumor or irritation before the TL. Well I am sad to announce I have had them all now after the TL. I recently went to the DR. to discuss my issues and was told the TL couldn’t possibly be the case. He said it was just that I am getting older then proceeded to recommend a hysterectomy. WOW! REALLY! How do you tell someone that they have a perfectly healthy uterus, no lab results showed abnormalities, no xray nor Ultrasound showed any issues but recommend a hysterectomy cuz of heavy bleeding & the other symptoms he said was really related to my TL. I wish I knew then what I know now. There are other methods of birth control, even for the furtile ones like me. I am so disappointed in the system right now. So far there isn’t a Dr. that advocates for reversal that can refer me to people like Dr.Berger. Nor is there an insurance company that believes it is medically necessary no matter the supporting evidence. Any ideas or if you know someone anywhere near TN,KY,NC,SC don’t really matter I will be greatful. If you are considering the TL, I wouldn’t do it again. EVERYONE I know has either had a hysterectomy or problems but they don’t tell you it’s becuz of the TL. SO SAD!!

May 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(71) Stacey says:

I forgot to tell you the menstrual pain & fatigue is out of this world. I am used to cramps but I now have pain that makes me want to stop breathing. It is so painful and unbearable you just pray to get through it. The fatigue wears you out. I went from working out 5 times a week to during periods try not to move because its not worth it. The irregularity is awful, try planning vacations when you period comes weeks early and stay longer depending on its mood

June 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(72) Jinessa Tietz says:

I really wish I had been forewarned about getting a TL. My doctor had told me that there were no symptoms with getting one. I wish that I had done my own research. Not only does fatigue set in at the drop of a hat (and it’s not from lack of exercise) but I have raging PMS with a heavy menstrual cycle, plus a constant discharge so I have to wear a panty liner in between periods. It’s disgusting! I also have severe pain in my pelvis when ovulating and I have now had ovarian cysts to deal with. I talked with my doctor and she said that having a TL has nothing to do with any of it and that it is just because I am getting older….I’m a whole 32-years-old! I am currently looking for a new doctor and seriously considering a reversal. I think doctors should be required to get a TL and live with it for a few years before they recommend it to their patients.

July 11, 2010 at 10:56 am
(73) mrs. reed bone says:

I got my tubal ligation in december of 08. 8 mts later i got pregnant with twins. one was in the uterus and the other in my tubes.BEFORE ALL THAT i had 3 pelvic exams and the doctor said i just had a baby in my tubes. so he gave me 2 shots of metroxeate, but when i got sick i went to the er and the doctor told me i did not have a baby in my tubes. and there was a baby in my uterus but the heart rate was 70 bpm because of the shots he gave me. and at my doctor appointment he said that was a miracle. ok ok ok ok 3 mts later i got preganant again. now tell me whats going on cause i have been depress ever since. AND MY DOCTOR TOLD ME HE DID NOT SEE THE OTHER BABY AT THE TIME/

July 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(74) Carie says:

I had a TL 8 months ago during a c-section. I have had problems ever since. My main problem is that I have heavier periods now and they are never regular. I have found that if I don’t hurt as bad one month then the next month I hurt worse. My periods last between 6-10 days and when I ovulate I cramp on my sides and spot for an additional 10 days. It gets frustrating because sometimes after intercourse I start my period. I have hot and cold flashes. I had this TL done because me and my husband couldn’t afford anymore kids but really do think it would have been easier sometimes if my husband would have been the one getting fixed.

July 15, 2010 at 10:23 am
(75) crystal says:

Hello I had a( t l 5 years ago I have not had anything to go wrong until now I am have very light periods I feel like I am have a baby do not know if this just my mind or could I real be have a child I have not been to the doctor yet I just need too know if anyone has in this place before I only 29

July 22, 2010 at 3:03 am
(76) Beth says:

I am 36 and currently pregnant. One of the midwives at my DR office suggested tubal ligation since I am having a planned c cec in Dec. She said it only takes 10 min and has no added recovery time. Great, I thought! Well, when I discussed it with my husband, he was so happy he wouldn’t have to get the snip! Then, just a week ago, he said something about TL and loss of sex drive. I didn’t know what he was talking about. So, I decided to get on the internet and see if there was any connection. I happened upon this site and I can now say, there is no way I’m getting this procedure done. I have struggled in the past with depression and anxiety and certain types of BC pills have made me act crazy. I think the lesson I just learned is if something like BC pills are working right now, I’m going to stick with it. My husband has even since volunteered for the snip bc he would never want me to go thru anything horrible. Had he never mentioned it to me, I would have never thought to get online and look it up. I am thanking my lucky stars right now. Thank you for sharing your experiences and I’m sorry you had to go through such pain.

July 22, 2010 at 7:08 am
(77) liz says:


September 6, 2010 at 12:04 am
(78) Brenda says:

i had a tubal 2 years ago and my sex drive is plum gone. When i go to bed at night all i want is 4 my man to b beside me sex is the last thing on my mind and i am only 25 it sucks i regret it now.

September 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm
(79) Kjp says:

I had my TL 6 months ago when I had my 2nd son , via c-section…. To this date, I still have not had a period , not even a hint of one… anyone else? I haven’t had cramping or nothing ,.. the dr wants to put me on provera next week… took a few hpt,, negative, not sure what to do… I don’t have insurance anymore either…

September 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(80) tammy says:

I had my tl done 14 years ago when they did c-section delivery of my youngest son. Like so many others, I was in my mid 20′s and thought after 2 complcated pregnancies, I did not want to go through that again. Sure my ob/gyn talked to me about how I may change my mind later and want more children, etc…but NEVER said one word about all the other problems…the constant stabbing pains in your side, the heavy bleeding…or the ever pleasant “hey, we have messed up your intestines, you knew that right?”. What was horrifying was being in his office 2 weeks after the proceedure complaining of sharp pain, and he thought I was there for birth control pills…he had completely forgotten what he had done …. I was mortified!!! I have been in and out of the dr’s office and ER’s for years for sharp stabbing pain that literally had me on the floor screaming…all they would say was “surgical adhesions”…and they kept saying that for 13 yrs!!! Suddenly, the pains stopped and then 3 months later after I began gaining weight, was really tired all the time, ankles swelling and started getting nausea in the morning, you guessed it…a positive pregnancy test!! Unfortuntely, that was also followd by an early term miscarriage. Now I have no idea if this could happen again, or was it just a fluke…but NOT knowing is what is terrifying. Now at almost 40, my opinions of tl have changed. What I thought was going to be great, has been a 14 yr nightmare…and it keeps getting worse. Do not ever do this to your body, find another alternative!!

September 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(81) kjp says:

is anyone like me?!?!? It’s been 6 months since tl and no period at all…. no cramps or nothing.. not complaining, just want to know whats up… dr wanted to put me on provera to jumpstart cycle , but I called and cancelled… I think if I do that my period will be horrible… please someone, respond asap, thanks

September 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(82) Veronica says:

Great to find this site with all of your comments because I also thought I was crazy. It’s been 2 months since I had my TL and I can’t believe how long both my periods have been. The second one has lasted more than 2 weeks and definitely heavier than before. I am also experiencing sharp pain on the right side of my abdomen, lower back pain and my belly button hurts. I have a Dr. Appointment next week because of all these symptoms but thanks to all of you, I don’t feel scared anymore and realize that it’s part of having had this procedure. I wish you all the best.

November 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(83) Cherie says:

I want to add my comment on here too, in hopes that my experience will help someone else who is considering a tubal ligation.

I was forced to have a tubal ligation (by my mother and doctor) when I was 18 years old. Because I am a type 1 diabetic, they didn’t think my body would be strong to carry out a pregnancy. I had never had sex prior to my tubal ligation and had only had my period for 2 years when it was performed. Neither my parents nor my doctors ever informed me that there were any other birth control options available to me. I agreed to have the surgery because I trusted them. Completely. I feel betrayed.

I am now 34 years old and in good health. I had an ectopic pregnancy recently (15 years after my tubal ligation) and it made me realize how much I want to have a baby. I started looking into tubal ligation reversal surgery (Anastomosis) when I came across this site.

I’m not alone.

Because I was so young when this was done to me, I didn’t know that all of these symptoms I have been experiencing ARE NOT NORMAL. Sex is very painful for me, with sharp pains in both my ovaries and lower abdomen cramps. I have an extremely low sex drive- almost like I’m pre-pubescent, like I have no hormones at all! I have always wondered what was wrong with me. My periods are irregular, very heavy, and with large clots. Each cycle is accompanied by intense stabbing pain and flu-like symptoms, including headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. I thought this was normal PMS.

Reading all of your comments has been very insightful to me. I would love to hear from more women who have had tubal ligation reversals and hear about their experiences and if it has helped reverse their symptoms.

November 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(84) Tina says:

I am 25 and just had a TL done after I had my 2nd child 2 weeks ago. After finding this site I’m scared out of my mind. I’ve already been having back pain but it hasn’t been that bad but since its only been 2 weeks I haven’t started a period yet or anything. I really wish I would have done a little more research about this before getting it done. I knew about the heavier periods and the cramping being worse but I didnt know it would get this bad. I’m not to good with pain to begin with and this just really scares me..

November 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(85) latoya says:

I am 29 and I have 5 kids. I had a TL done in 2004 after having a v-bac delivery. My periods are pretty regular I do have the worst PMS ever I’m always crying and mad for no reason. I’m wondering if I could be pregnant? I had my period for only 3 days in October and I didn’t get it at all in November. I haven’t had sex since the beginning of October I just thought it was stress to cause it to be a little irregular. After reading this I think I should get checked out cause now I’m kinda scared I could be pregnant. I haven’t taken any test yet, I really don’t need anymore kids

December 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(86) Crystal says:

I had my TL back in 1998 and I was wondering if anyone knew what type of procedure they were doing back then. My Dr. has retired and I am unsure of what he did. I do reget that I had it done and would like one more child but it is so costly to have it reversed.

December 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(87) Misty says:

Has anyone had problems after having TL and the clamps? I just had this surgery December 10, 2010. My doctor wanted to do both just in case one failed. That way I would have a back up.

December 16, 2010 at 8:45 am
(88) Niceta says:

Hi, I had TL on 2nd December, 2010. I think if I had come to this site earlier I would have hesitated doing it..But the reasons I thought this was my only option is during my 2nd pregnancy in 2008 I got pre-clampsia and since then if I use hormonal contraceptives I get Hypersensitive and the pill gets me sick through out. I came here looking if someone went through what am going through.My wound became septic and has not healed to date, I am too weak even walking is a problem and lower back pains, a heavy wet cough that started as soon as the procedure was done. Three days after my TL I got my periods and they were normal.My issue is the healing process is taking too long..I will be back to post my exp after sometime.

December 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(89) Frustrated and Sterile says:

I had a TL in June 2010, everything went text book i healed fine, was prepared for the heavy painful periods, but what i wasnt expecting was excruciating bone and joint pain that started about 4 week after i had my daughter. I was tested for everything from Meningitis to Lupus, with negative results. I’m so frustrated with this, while i’m unsure whether my issue has to do with my TL or another issue. I am currently 6 months into this with no relief and no answers.

January 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(90) ERIN says:


February 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm
(91) Karen says:

Thank you all for sharing your stories! It has given me some relief to know I am not alone. I had my tubes burned in 2008. I was in an unstable relationship and thought it was best not to have more children. Lately I have been feeling sick, my sense of smell was very sharp, had sharp pains on my lower right side, well I thought I was pregnant. Have taken pregnancy tests, all negative. Had an ultrasound done, waiting for the results. Going to get blood work done too. I am worried because I had a regular.period in January, came a week early in February,.4 days only, then spotted one full day and now I have the.sharp pains again. Thinking of getting the reversal done. Besides the fact that my husband wants a baby, it might help alleviate many of these symptoms…the fatigue, period mishaps, facial hair…you name it.

February 22, 2011 at 9:41 am
(92) tanya from ontario says:

hi ladies, i wish i would have seen this site 6 yrs ago, i had the TL done after my third boy was born, it was done during a c-section, i had no problems till this past january 2011, i have ovarian cysts, and the worse lower back pain and cramps, my periods are regular and not heavy, they run there normal course, but i’m moddier then ever, my obgyn says it pms…i’m only thirty yrs old, too young for this, but i truely regret having it done, as i have married a man who has none of his own and i would like to give him a child of his own, but it cost too much money to have it done, but i will save to have it done cause the ovarian cyst are just getting worse and damaging my ovaries, so not fair, did anyone else get ovarian cyst from this procedure?, well to the ladies who are thinking about getting it done, please search your options first.

February 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm
(93) Heather says:

The only symptoms I’ve experienced have been worse cramps and heavier bleeding. IMO, an extra day or two of heavy bleeding is well worth it to not stress about forgeting to take the pill. I’m not interested in getting pregnant and this was a step I needed and wanted to take in order to help ensure that there was a nominal chance of that happening. I do not regret a thing.

March 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm
(94) Nicole says:

I am 28 yrs old. I have had 3 children. my periods have always been regular, even after childbirth it always came like clockwork. I decided to have a TL after my third child. My middle one has autism and it is so difficult sometimes. I had my TL done in July of 2010. At first everything was ok. Now, March 2011, I am unable to lose 1 lb since giving birth in May 2010. I look and feel bloated all the time. I have terrible mood swings, no sex drive, my periods were ok up until a few months ago. Now they keep coming later and later every month. I am starting to get hair on my chin, etc….I am so stressed also my health insurance expired so I can not go to the Dr. right now. I didn’t want anymore babies. Now I wish that I never had the dang TL

March 21, 2011 at 8:57 am
(95) mary says:

i had one done 5 years ago been having problems for about the last 3 years, my dr told me nothing would change my periods might be like they were befor i ever even had kids, i liked that idea,, becuz i hardly bleed at all then . everything was good til last 3 years bad mood swing hot flashes , i bleed very very heavly and the last year i might bleed for 2 or 3 weeks straight off a week and start again for 2 or 3 weeks this went on for a bout 8 months now i rag for about 10 days with bad cramps , my head hurts alot and never had head ackes befor . my skin and hair are oily , and use to my hair was never ioly i could go 4 days wout washing it and it wouldnt get ioly my hair was always so dry. my new dr has ran blood test and different things on me and their not sure whats wrong they say it sounds like im going through the ealry change of life but they said they cant say that becouse im to young im 29 years old..had 2 kids and im sooo tired of this …. debating now if i should ask for a hystorestomey but really scared about what happens then….?

March 22, 2011 at 1:31 am
(96) cara says:

I had my tubes tied July 14th, 2006 during a c- section from having my third child. I had no or abnormalities after my period for the first year. After that I had heavy periods and they started to last for about 7-9 days. The have progressively gotten worse. There are often times were the pain from my cramps are so bad I can’t stand and they make me nauseous. I’ve had to try a series of different headache medicines. I my doctor is suggesting for me to be put on daily injections for migraines. The migraines alone will last for three days at a time and will not go away after or during sleep. The migraines alone are reason not to do it. I would strongly suggest speaking to women whom have had the experience. I was not told that late studies show these symptoms happen to 1 out of 4 women. I’m not looking into ways to reverse the tubligation and hopefully go back to normal. I would rather take the risk of having a child then to deal with these symptoms on a everyday basis for the rest of my life

March 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(97) Ranjeeta says:

i had T.L in 2005 when i went in for a c-section with my 2nd child..since then things are worse..i regret it every minute..iam having pelvic pains ..my obgyn said i had scar tissues due to multiple c-section i had to go in for a lyposcopic surgery in 2009 to remove the scar tissues ..pelvic pain has not gone better..she said that i might grow more scar tissues and will have to go in for another surgery…periods are heavy ..she advised i should get hysterctomy done….iam only 30years old..

March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm
(98) candy says:

I had my TL in 2009 right after my 3rd child. It was the worst mistake. Ever since I got it done my periods last about 7 days and I have the worst bleeding with clots and severe cramps. My cramps are so bad that I have to be in bed. I have to even use 2 thin maxi pads to hold my flow and not to mention my mood swings. I break out and before my periods were about 4-5 days long and minor cramping. My hubby and kids pretty much stay away from me because all I do is yell. I’m making an appointment to see a Gyn because I want to inquire more about a procedure called Novasure to see if that might help me with the bleeding, cramps and mood swings.

April 11, 2011 at 8:33 am
(99) louise says:

hi. i was sterilised at the age of 23 after having 4 c secs. docs told me no more c secs and now found out that was a lie! im 32 and am ever so miserable. i have bad cramps, anxiety/panic attack, hot flushes, headaches, sinus probs, always urinating, bowel probs, tired, no will to live etc. i so want to get reversed. i dont know what type of sterilisation i had. the doc never gave me any info and never told me of this horrible ptls. i want to feel me again and like a woman. i cnat be bothered with anything. my anxiety as been that bad to the point where i will not go out and see a therapist. i put all this down a few years back to it just being me but now reading all these stories i def think its ptls. can anyone tell me how much it is for a tr in the uk/ is it safe after having 4 c secs? and all i know is my tubes were cut and the doc said he left a big gap and nothing will ge passed it. im a mess and hate feeling like this.

June 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm
(100) Mary says:

I had my tl done with a C-section 4 yrs ago and to anyone out there wanting to have one DON”T DO IT!! I regretted every day since. I always had bad periods to but they can get worse and mine did. I was put on birth control to help that it didn’t work. Every month I would either have horrible cramping and a VERY painful period or I would be on the verge of suicide, I would never do it b/c of my faith and amazing kids but I would get that crazy. I went through a divorce and remarried and wanted more kids so I had to have the reversal done. I’m still recovering from the surgery but my first period post-op was the best one I had in 4 yrs. My doctors that did my tl never told me about any of the problems with this, if they had I wouldn’t have done it.

July 20, 2011 at 12:00 am
(101) Agnes Australia says:

I had my tl two weeks ago. Like most of you no one mentioned the side effects. My first period shocked me. I was horrified. I was and am still in pain. I am so angry that I was not told any of the complications that could happen to me. I wish that I had read this site three weeks ago. I am terrified of what I am in for. I was told I would be back to work in three days after the Op, and I haven;t been back for two weeks. I have had unbearable pain in the pelvis and am living on pain killers. I would not advise anyone who is thinking of doing a TL to do this. Why aren’t women given the correct information so this practice which is obviously cruel and deceiptful is stopped.

July 21, 2011 at 10:58 am
(102) Mrs.A says:

I had a TL during a planned C-section in 2009. This was my 3rd child, and I have a heart condition. My cardiologist told me that I should not get pregnant again, so I opted for a TL. WORST decision I have ever made. I did some internet research on TL, but nothing came up about the possible long-term side effects. And, my OB never mentioned them to me. I know that I would have opted not to have the TL if I had been educated on the effects. Since my TL, I have had extremely heavy and painful periods, awful mood swings, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, and headaches…none of which were present prior to my TL. I am seriously considering a reversal so that I can have my life back!

September 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(103) Ellen says:

I had a tubal ligation done about 2 years ago when I was 43 and have regretted it ever since. I was not informed of the after effects of the TL. I only did it because I did not want to have any more children. If I had only known about the pain, cramping and heavy bleeding after I would have found an alternate method of birth control. I ended up having a hysterectomy because I would bleed so badly that I had to wear a tampon AND a pad and would still bleed through my clothing. I couldn’t go anywhere when I would have 10 day period. I was severely anemic because of this. After the hysterectomy, I don’t bleed anymore, but I still have horrible cramping because they left my ovaries in the hysterectomy. Before my hysterectomy, I had slight cramping during my periods and normal periods. After the hysterectomy, I had severe cramping and pain and severe bleeding. I guess I will have to live with the pain every month until I stop ovulating which could be 10 or more years yet.

October 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm
(104) Mrs. B says:

I had a TL about 8 years ago after my 4th child was born. I still have horrible cramps during ovulation. Sometimes intercourse can be painful, it feels like bad cramps. If you have that pain on your right side, make sure you don’t have appendicitis, like I did. Now the pain is only on the left, I was hoping after all this time it would be gone. I’m only 34! Is this going to continue until menopause?!?

November 11, 2011 at 1:23 am
(105) mommydearestatx says:

Hi all, I had my tubes tied when I was 21 years old in April of 2010 after having three vaginal births. The decission came after being on the copper i.u.d for 18 months and getting pregnant again and having a miscarrirage. ( so much for it lasting 10 years ). I can’t say I really wanted my tubes tied but I know that another baby anytime soon is out of the question. Since I have had the procedure done my periods have become irregular and non exisitent for atleast 2 months at a time. I have taken multiple pregnancy tests and they are always negative but up until having my tubes tied I was always on a regular cycle. I have not had a cycle since August 2011 and its November 2011 now. I went to the doctor about 3 weeks ago and all she did was give me hcg blood test for pregnacy. I am experiencing pain during intercourse which I have never had before, spotting after intercourse which goes away in an hour or so, and a dull achy cramping feeling for about the past week. I stand on my feet all day at work and the achy cramping is causing my lower back and hips to hurt and I also can only hold my bladder for like an hour while I am standing up for prolonged periods of time. My pregnancy test was negative and I have no idea what is going on. Its really stresful and I am tired of it and I am really leaning towards having my tubes untied but I know for sure that will probably result in having more than one kid and I cant afford to do that. So I’m kinda stuck outta luck. And as for many of you the doctors are not helpful and brush your symptoms off as nothing or as something that does not seem to fit with the symptoms you have. My tubes were just clamped and I have a feeling that wether I untie them or not eventualy I will end up pregnant again but think it will result in another miscarriage. I would not tie my tubes if I could go back and have another chance.

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