Tubal ligation, also known as “getting your tubes tied,” is a surgical procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are permanently closed to prevent pregnancy. While this procedure is generally considered to be safe and effective, some women may experience a condition known as post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS) after the surgery.

Symptoms of PTLS can vary greatly from woman to woman, but some common ones include irregular periods, hot flushes (flashes), night sweats, mood changes, pelvic pain and weight gain. Some women may also experience a decrease in sex drive and an overall decrease in overall quality of life.

What Causes PTLS?

The exact cause of PTLS is unknown and there is no clear consensus on the exact cause of post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS). Some experts believe that PTLS may be caused by changes in hormone levels that occur after the surgery. When the fallopian tubes are closed, the body may produce less oestrogen and progesterone, which can lead to a variety of symptoms. However, current studies have failed to show a significant change in blood hormone levels following tubal ligation.

Other experts believe that PTLS may be caused by the physical changes that occur to the fallopian tubes during the surgery. For example, the surgery may damage the blood vessels, nerves, or tissues in the tubes, which could lead to changes in hormone production or other physiological changes.

There is also some evidence to suggest that PTLS may be related to changes in the receptors on the fallopian tubes. These receptors play a role in regulating the menstrual cycle and hormone production, and it is possible that they may be affected by the surgery.

I can’t find much information about PTLS

It is important to note that PTLS is not a well-established medical condition and there is limited research on the subject. More research is needed to fully understand the potential causes of PTLS and to determine the best ways to manage and treat the condition. If you are experiencing symptoms after having a tubal ligation, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you are experiencing symptoms after having a tubal ligation, it is important to speak with a specialist who has experience with this condition. They can help determine the cause of your symptoms and suggest appropriate treatment options.

While PTLS may be a concern for some women after tubal ligation, it is important to remember that this procedure is generally safe and effective at preventing pregnancy. If you are considering tubal ligation, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider about all the potential risks and benefits.

Contact Us

If you are having any problems following your tubal ligation or would like to consider reversal of your sterilisation and would like to speak to a qualified fertility specialist, contact Mr Dobson’s P.A, Mandy Banbury, at mandy.banbury@circlehealthgroup.co.uk or phone 0115 9662111 to arrange a face to face or telephone appointment.