Bilateral Tubal Ligation (BTL)

After ligation, will I become sick and be unable to work?

No. After ligation you can resume regular activities as soon as you are free from post-procedure discomfort. The procedure will not make you sick; neither will it affect your ability to work. Usually, doctors advise the woman to take 2 to 3 days rest and avoid lifting of heavy objects for a week.

Can have a pregnancy outside the womb (ectopic pregnancy) after ligation?

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After ligation women face less risk of having an ectopic pregnancy than women who have not had ligation.


Can ligation make me fat?

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No. There is no evidence that ligation causes women to gain weight.


Does BTL weaken a woman?

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Many studies show that there is no difference in strength, gynecological condition, or psychological makeup between ligated and nonligated women.


Does Philhealth cover the costs of ligation?

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Yes. If you are a member or a dependent, the procedure is covered by PhilHealth, subject to the provisions of its benefit package.


Does ligation cause early menopause?

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No. Ligation will not hasten menopause. After the procedure, you will continue to ovulate and menstruate normally (although you will no longer get pregnant) until you reach menopause.


Does ligation shorten the life span of a woman?

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No. Ligation has been practiced for several generations, and there is no medical evidence that ligation shortens the life of a woman.


Is BTL reversible?

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While BTL is a permanent method of family planning, a surgical procedure can reconnect the tubes.  However, the chances of getting pregnant again are slim.


Is ligation a painful and complicated procedure?

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No. New techniques have been developed, using local anesthesia, which make ligation possible without a hospital stay. Discomfort felt after the procedure can almost always be relieved with basic medications like paracetamol, ibuprofen, and mefenamic acid.