When I was pregnant with my last child there were complications that made my doctors encourage sterilization instead of temporary birth control. I had developed a blood clot between the uterine wall and the placenta which caused complications in the pregnancy. I was given the speech about abortion but at my refusal the specialist warned that I might lose my child. My husband and I left the doctor’s and sought prayers and anointing from our Pastor. At the next doctor’s visit it was determined that the blood clot was gone but the placenta had separated and it could not be repaired. I was warned that if I got pregnant again that my life would be in danger and most likely would not live.
I was considered high-risk and kept on bed rest/reduced activity until delivery. My doctor continued to encourage sterilization during each visit and after much consideration we agreed to the procedure which was performed right after my emergency c-section.
My problems were not severe as some sterilization patients but a couple of years ago the effects of this form of birth control started to take its toll on my health. After multiple rounds of weight loss plans my weight started piling on, menstrual irregularities became more common with bouts of extended bleeding to delayed or reduced bleeding, I have struggled to stay warm even when bundled indoors, my teeth started bleeding, hurting and required removal.
Last year I sought out a naturopath to get on bio-identical hormone cream which is supposed to help but the naturopath did not believe in hormone treatments. I was informed that my tubal ligation was my problem for my extreme hormonal changes and weight issues and that we would try treating the symptoms naturally. The first month of treatment I ended up with an allergic reaction that instigated a nose bleed, the second month – even on an adjusted dose I had abdominal bloating, excessive bleeding, chest pain and other health issues that I just stopped the treatment altogether.
I decided to try a regular doctor and requested lab tests to be done. The tests came back indicating that I was low on Vitamin D (which the naturopath had confirmed). I was given birth control to regulate my health issues and told to follow up a month later. When I did my follow up I was informed that a tubal reversal was not necessary and to just continue on birth control until I went into menopause. When I talked to my doctor about the weight gain on the birth control pills she informed me that I was to buy bigger clothes to accommodate this change.
After the second month on birth control I started having really bad muscle aches and pains which made it difficult to move around. I am rarely ill or have sick days which changed last year. After doing some research I discovered that the birth control pills that I have been taking were a different form of birth control I had taken many years before which caused numbness in my extremities. The doctor still insisted that I continue the prescription. Also birth control pills aggravate bone loss which means my low vitamin d levels were now being accelerated which is one reason for the increased muscle pain and then chest pain.
An older sister who also had a tubal ligation was suffering from similar symptoms and was told that an ablation or possible hysterectomy would more than likely be the next treatment option. This is the reason for my push to get a tubal reversal. My biological mom had a hysterectomy a few years after I was born and ended up having a mental breakdown which in turn caused a series of events that led to our placement in foster care and adoption. My mom struggled with mental issues from then on until her death from morbid obesity. In my determination to lose weight and to try various diet plans I learned the importance of your reproductive system to the balance of hormones. When you mess with the ebb and flow of this production the whole body goes into shock. The procedure that I had done has several different options for sterilizations:
*Cut/tie/burn- the fallopian tubes are cut at various lengths and either tied or burned to prevent pregnancy.
*Filshie clips – these are metal clamps placed over the fallopian tubes to prevent the eggs from getting to the uterus. (These clips can become dislodged and attach to other organs or body parts in your body causing numerous amounts of health issues)
*Essure coils – these are coils that are placed in the fallopian tubes to prevent the eggs from traveling to the uterus.
The fallopian tubes are responsible for communication to the brain on the amount of hormone levels in the body and what body part needs to produce what hormone to keep everything in proper working order. When you cut off the communication then another organ has to make up for the loss and this can happen by either overproduction of a hormone or underproduction of a hormone. In turn this will start causing problems in your thyroid, pancreas etc.,
Now that my tubal ligation has been reversed my next plan of action is to fight the cause of obesity. My body has to start repairing itself from the years of damage done by this procedure. There is an increased concern of an ectopic pregnancy or other issues that can result from this surgical procedure but with proper diet and herbs the blood flow can now return to the organs.
Note: tubal ligation or sterilization does NOT absolutely prevent a pregnancy it only reduces your chances greatly. The health issues from this are greater and more difficult to repair. Insurance will not cover the operation to reverse sterilization and the cost will be out-of-pocket. Most doctors will dismiss your health issues from sterilization and encourage you to get IVF procedures instead. There is a term for the health issues from sterilization and it is called PTLS (Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome). You may also be encouraged to start removing some of your reproductive system to get relief from your symptoms but in most cases, patients have stated that their problems have increased.
I am thankful for answered prayer that my husband was okay with me reversing my tubal ligation. There is some adjusting period while my body readjusts to blood flow and hormone regulation to the health issues related to the tubal.