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).
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||May 4, 2012|
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