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Old 11-06-2010, 12:38 AM
 
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I am having a tubal ligation on Monday and I am scared to death. Please tell me what I should expect. How long should I take off from work (I teach) and when can I have unprotected sex with my husband?
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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I had it at the time of my c-section 1 yr ago so I didn't have to be put under. I would be scared too but you'll be fine. You can start having unprotected sex after you have recovered.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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A tubal ligation all by itself will be a few days of discomfort. I had twilight anasthesia (basically you're dozing, not deep asleep, and recovery from anasthesia is much quicker than if you "went under."). When the anasthesia wears off you're likely to feel nasty pains in your abdominal area, like really serious horrible gas pains. They're air bubbles. Just lift your shoulders as if you were shrugging them, and hold them up a few seconds. Release, and do it again. This will disperse the air bubbles and you'll be left with the general tolerable soreness from the surgery itself.

You'll probably be getting laparoscopic surgery (they run a tiny cable from your bellybutton with a camera attached to the end of it, and a second cable with the cauterization laser on the end of that one). That means you -might- have two stitches total - one on each tiny little pinky-nail width slit in the skin for the tubes to get down. I didn't have any stitches, just a couple of steri-strips.

The pain was hm - it felt like I had spent WAY too much time at the gym doing abdominal crunches. It was that kind of sore, but more localized. Definitely not pleasant, but totally tolerable.

You can usually resume sex within a week. Check with your doctor in case your surgery is going to be different and require more recovery time.
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