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What to expect after a tubal ligation

What to expect after a tubal ligation
What to expect after a tubal ligation

– Women who have had a tubal ligation procedure will often go home on the same day. However, the effects of the anesthesia may take some time to wear off, so it’s advisable to be accompanied by someone who will take you home after the procedure and, more importantly, to give yourself some time to heal.
– You are likely to feel some pain at the site of the incision. This is normal and your health-care provider will give you painkillers for managing this pain. Some women have reported experiencing bloating, gassiness, dizziness, cramping, and shoulder pain in the days after a tubal ligation. The shoulder pain is usually caused by the gas that is pumped into the abdomen to inflate it during the procedure. Lying down for a while will usually relieve the pain.
– In rare cases, you may develop an infection at the site of the incision. If you experience a temperature of more than 38° C (100.4° F), fainting spells, pain, and/or bleeding, or experience discharge from the incision site that continues or increases 12 hours after the operation, you should contact your health-care provider (7).

What is the tubal ligation recovery time?

In general, the time taken to recover will depend on your health and how fast your body takes to recover from a surgical procedure. Based on the tubal ligation procedure you have, it can take 2–21 days to recover from the surgery. Having the procedure done during a cesarean section does not prolong recovery time, and you should recover within the usual recovery time. It is usually recommended that you take it easy and avoid lifting anything beyond 12 pounds (6 kg) for at least one week after the surgery. If you have stitches, they will either dissolve by themselves or your health-care provider will schedule a visit to have them removed.

How soon after a tubal ligation can I have sex?

While a tubal ligation will provide immediate protection from pregnancy. Speak to your health-care provider about how soon you should resume having vaginal sex. However, most people can have sex within two to three weeks after the procedure.

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