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    Default How does tubal ligation effect PCOS?

    I know this question may be far too broad for a problem like PCOS, which is so individualized to each one of us, but does having a tubal ligation (ie. tube tying) improve the problems that come along with it?

    I have noticed that every year since I began taking birth control pills consisently I have gained weight, gotten more depressed & less active. Each year regardless of what Pill I'm taking (and I've tried everything from Seasonale to Yasmin) I put on 5-10 lbs per year even if I haven't changed my lifestyle.

    I know that with aging comes these sort of things & metabolism slowdown (I will be 32 soon) but I really don't think the Pill has helped me other than preventing me from conceiving of course.

    Have any of you had tubal ligations & if so how did it change your life concerning PCOS & your health when you stopped taking the Pill altogether? I am very interested to know.

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    I had a tubal ligation when I was 22, my Pcos symptoms began approximately 3 months afterward. The first symptom I noticed was the hair on my chin and serious weight gain!~ I have since also been diagnosed with endometriosis.

    I don't know if there is a definite link, my RE seems to think in my case there could be. I guess I'll never know.

    Hope things work out differently for you!!
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    Well, I've had PCOS for years based on symptoms going back so far as even high school- so at least PCOS can't just surface because I get a tubal because it is already here.

    Were you on the Pill long before you had the procedure? I think that is the main thing I'm thinking about- what changes after long term use of the Pill & one gets off it.

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    No I wasn't on the pill. I had just had my 3rd child in 3 years. BC pills didn't work out so well for me! LOL!

    In your case it may help you since you already have PCOS. I would discuss it with my Dr and see what he thinks.
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    I've actually heard the opposite, that tubal ligation can increase PCOS symptoms in many cysters. I don't know from experience, other than the high-risk perinatologist I saw w/ my last baby didn't think it was a good idea for me. (I wasn't really wanting one done, we were just discussing all the birth control options).

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    He's been my PCOS specialist for over three years & approved the surgery for next month without so much blinking an eye. I took that as he didn't think it would make an impact either way, but I will get a chance to talk to him beforehand about it again. Thanks for replying.

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    It is very confusing- I hear both the good & the bad of it. It is just there are so many ill side effects of the Pill, stroke being one of them, if you take it long term. I also know that adding estrogen is bad for most of us, which the Pill does in most cases.

    It just seems realistic that not taking the Pill would be better for my body than taking it. It is a hard call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paisleystar
    I had a tubal ligation when I was 22, my Pcos symptoms began approximately 3 months afterward. The first symptom I noticed was the hair on my chin and serious weight gain!~ I have since also been diagnosed with endometriosis.

    I don't know if there is a definite link, my RE seems to think in my case there could be. I guess I'll never know.

    Hope things work out differently for you!!
    Same here!! It has been 10 years abd I have gained 110lbs!!
    Endometriosis (Infertility Cause)
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    Here is some reading for you...

    Tubal Ligation disorder linked to hormone disorder! http://www.tubal.org/MAP.htm
    or try http://www.tubal-reversal.net/tubal-...n-syndrome.htm
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    I had a tubal and my syptoms have definitly gotten worse since then!

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    I thought I would unearth this post.

    About a month after I first opened this thread, I did decide to go forward with my tubal. I had it in September of 2006.

    I will say that most of the things I've hoped for since then have come true.

    The pros:
    1. My PMS-migraines have become a thing of the past since getting off the Pill post-tubal. I was guaranteed a migraine every stinking month before I had the surgery and since then I can only remember one.

    2. I've saved approx. $800 in expenses by no longer having to take the Pill.

    3. My left side/left ovary pain & the stabbing feelings I used to get once a month have completely gone away. The cysts are no longer growing & bursting in inordinate ways as before.

    The cons:
    1. I did not lose weight as I'd hoped. I think I foolishly hoped that the estrogen in the Pill was causing it, it was my *lifestyle* that was.

    2. My periods became a little irregular. Not badly but I could no longer pinpoint when it would be. The good side of this though is that my gauge of PMS wasn't the same, ergo the PMS wasn't as noticeable.

    So at the end of the day, getting my tubes tied has overall benefitted me. I would recommend it to any of you who choose not to have children.

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    Research is just now confirming that many women have problems following a tubal ligation. It is now termed "Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome." My best friend never had any menstrual problems, had regular periods, and never had severe cramping or heavy bleeding. She was heavy, but never horribly so.

    She had her tubes tied, and within several months she started having severe AF problems. She now has terrible cramps, requiring pain meds, and very irregular, long, and heavy periods. Then, she gained about 40 pounds.

    Anyway, most of Dh's family had their tubes tied (his mom, her two sisters, his sister, and two of his cousins). Out of all of them, the only one who hasn't developed problems with AF is his sister.

    While Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome is still pretty controversial, it is nice to see that doctors are starting to take women seriously. Women have complained for a very long time about problems after tubals, and everyone thought they were crazy.

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    I read several articles about Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome before I took the big leap.

    Weight gain was already stacking against me anyway. Then I pit my chronic pain (both the migraines & the ovary pain) to the risks involved & decided it was worth trying.

    I guess it is similar to bypass & lapband surgery in the sense that some people recover with less issue while others go through tremendous difficulty. There are always risks with anything that involves changing your physical & physiological self.

    I'm grateful of course that after a year & a half that I have not developed any post-surgery problems. I'm also not suggesting that everyone run out & do it, but seeing my original post here pre-surgery compared to my life now, I'm very glad I did it. It has improved the quality living for me immensely.

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