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A tubal ligation ("having your tubes tied") is a type of surgery
for women that permanently prevents pregnancy (sterilization). During a tubal
ligation, the fallopian tubes are closed to prevent fertilization; this blocks
the sperms' path to the egg.
The fallopian tubes can be cut, clamped closed, or tied off, or the
ends may be sealed by applying heat (cautery).
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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