Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome

There are quite a number of women who prefer to undergo sterilization called as tubal ligation, which means that they have their fallopian tubes tied up. The aim of tubal ligation is to keep the sperms from fertilizing the egg after it is released from the ovary. Though most of the women who undergo tubal ligation do not suffer from any side effects, it is seen that only in 37% only of the women suffer from post tubal ligation syndrome.

According to some of the studies conducted, there are some women who are considered to be at a greater risk of post tubal ligation syndrome as compared to the others. Let’s see some facts that can educate us on who can be at a risk of developing post tubal ligation syndrome and what are the symptoms of this syndrome.

Women who have their tubes tied through the process of cauterization are at a higher risk of developing post tubal ligation syndrome as compared to those women who have then tied by clips or rings. As explained by doctors’ cases of mid-segment tubal ligations are more prone to post tubal ligation syndrome. Women undergoing another type of tubal ligation, which is called coagulation or bi-polar cauterization, are again at a greater risk of developing post tubal ligation syndrome.

It has also been also observed that women who get tubal ligation done in 20’s are at a greater risk as compared to women who get tubal ligation done in 30’s or 40’s. It is seen that women in the age group of 20-29 show irregular menstrual cycles as compared to those women who get it done in their 30’s and 40’s.

The reason that women develop post tubal ligation syndrome after having the fallopian tubes tied is the marked decline in the estrogen and the progesterone levels in the body. This can result in alteration of the blood supply to the ovaries during the procedure or can be a result of damage cause to the receptor cells.

Some of the symptoms of post tubal ligation syndrome include:

• Ectopic pregnancy

• Episodes of rapid heartbeats

• Night sweats, hot flushes, chills

• Mood swings, irritation, trouble sleeping at night

• Irregular or heavy or light periods, dry and itchy vagina, loss of libido

• Fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, sudden memory lapse

• Sore and aching joints, itchy skin

• Gastrointestinal problems

• Tenderness in breasts, decrease in the mass of the breast

• Frequent headaches, dizziness, and loss of balance

• Increase in facial hair and thinning and loss of hair on head, whole body and pubic area

• Increase in gum bleeding, burning of tongue, change in odor of breath, bad taste in the mouth

• Brittle fingernails that tend to crack faster

If you have undergone a tubal ligation and are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, then it is quite possible that you are suffering from post tubal ligation syndrome. It is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible and rule out any further complications associated with the condition.


  1. Stacey Reply
    November 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I just wanted to post a comment about this, I have been many actually almost ALL of these symptoms since my tubal ligation in July of 2008 I don't have the money to get a tubal reversal but I now have insurance through the state I live in and I'm gona try and get it reversed being covered by the insurance I'm only 26 and there are times I can't even function or move when I have some of the symptoms I would not get my tubes tied if I were you because of the risks and complications that your doctor doesn't tell you about and for your sake…. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous Reply
    March 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I cannot understand why some symptoms occured.

  3. Taylor Reply
    March 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Everything you described bought post tubal is happening to me. I am 28 n remarried but my tubes are tied and I have all these symptoms, can I still have a baby.

  4. Releived Reply
    August 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I thought I was crazy! Actually my dr. kind of made me feel that way too. I knew something else was happening… thank you for giving me a place to start!

  5. Ashley Reply
    February 23, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I am so experiencing all of these and have felt sick to my stomach everyday due to my tubal… wow I thought I was going crazy…

  6. Sally Reply
    March 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I have been SUFFERING from what I have been calling "empty uterus syndrome" for almost 9 YEARS! I had a tubal right after the birth of my 2nd child in 2004… It started IMMEDIATELY… I have since experienced ALL of the above symptoms and the doctors act like I am crazy — I NEVER have periods unless we medically induce them (with provera every 3 months). I have gained a tremendous amount of weight that will NOT come off, I have itchy skin ALL THE TIME, my libido is NON EXISTANT 🙁 and my emotional state has been decreased since this operation – 9 years is a LOOOONG time to be tremendously depressed about a choice that I MADE – and has basically ruined me – all of my labs come back "normal" but how can this be? How can everything be "normal" when I have no cycle and SO MANY other things are NOT right? I have been hating myself for 9 years – and now I just finally come across this news – It's not just all in my head – others are suffering as well. At least I don't feel SO alone anymore. Thanks for your site and info.

  7. Jereby Goody Tooty Reply
    May 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    My wife had a tubal after our third. That was in 2009. She's had nothing but problems since then. Screwed up hormones, periods, and a list of things. That's the price is screwing around with nature. You can't trust what doctors tell you. They are sharks out to make money. It's best to keep your legs closed if you don't want kids. Stop tampering around with what GOD gave you. He gave it for a reason. Man tries to be better than GOD. And somebody gets screwed for it.

  8. Hyron Reply
    February 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I had my TL done back in Sept. 2001 and since have been suffering all the symptoms, but when I go to the OBGYN they say I am fine and I am not. I was not told about any of the side effects, but since I was 26 at the time, I had to be sure that I was done having kids. At the time I thought I did not want more children, but now I regret it and want to try for one more being I have 2 kids that re adults now, and am considering marriage.

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