I had my tubal ligation January 18th. Today is November 7th and we’re officially considering a tubal ligation reversal.
Most of my symptoms are too embarrassing to talk about but a few of them that aren’t: decreased milk supply, pulsing pain in both ovaries (one more than the other, but definitely both) fairly often… especially when I lift something, which makes it feel like the clips inside me are scraping my insides or something, hot flashes, depression, anxiety, fatigue (which maybe is just part of the depression/anxiety?), nearly constant pelvic pain, especially when I am sitting. My hormones are for sure out of whack in a way they’ve never been before at this point post-baby, and that shows in acne, periods of greasy hair followed by periods of crazy hair loss, headaches with mood swings, all kinds of goodies.
Also, there is a one-inch-ish section under my belly button that is forever tingly. That’s just from surgery itself, but still.
After doing a ton of research I read a number again and again. 37% of women experience post-tubal ligation syndrome. 37%. THIRTY SEVEN PERCENT! That’s so high! And younger women have a much higher incidence rate of it and, well, I am younger women.
My symptoms point to potential future issues with castrative menopause, hormone shock, increased risk of heart disease, severe pelvic adhesions, bone loss/osteoporosis, and my reproductive organs sliding out of place and causing severe issues unless/until surgically moved.
The surgeon who performed my surgery was strongly recommending a salpingectomy, which is the total removal of my fallopian tubes. I had already learned my lesson about trying to permanently alter God’s design of my body so wasn’t at all keen on that any ways, and then I looked into it and discovered it causes forced menopause (which I am far too young for) plus a myriad of other issues GUARANTEED, along with posing its own risks.
She eventually admitted that she doesn’t do tubal ligation reversals, which I assume is why she was pushing so hard for the one she does (I.E. can make money from) and I was really disappointed in her for that. I feel like she was not at all transparent with the surgery in the first place (you might remember that I hadn’t wanted any metal clips inside me and was really upset to find out they’d been used) and definitely don’t think she was transparent today, either.
She also told me very few doctors will actually reverse a tubal ligation and that I’ll have to go out of state for that, but then I found online that a board-certified surgeon literally five minutes away from her practice in the next town over does it!!