I’ve been a tubal ligation survivor for 20 years. My name is Amanda and I was born on August 13, 1980. I’ve had two children, one of whom is a teenage daughter named Tia (born October, 2004). The second child was born in 2013. The third child is a teenage boy named Will (born December, 2017).
Today my eldest daughter had her first ultrasound at age 26. We all decided to get an MRI as well. The doctor was amazed at the size of my uterus, and asked if we could find some new options to stop tubal ligation. He gave me some options to try and a new tubal ligation procedure at an outpatient clinic.
Well, our doctor had some trouble finding the right location for the surgery, so we had a lot of research to do. The next day I went to a hospital on the same island where the surgery was to be done. I was the one who had to go in for the surgery. I was told that I would have to have my tubes tied, but that I could have a backup catheter inside of me to keep the tube in place.
While it may seem like I was only a couple of weeks pregnant when I went in for my surgery, in actuality I wasn’t pregnant at all. I was pregnant with twins, but there was quite a bit of damage done to my tubes. I lost a lot of blood and also had some damage done to my uterus, but I was still able to have a tubal ligation.
In retrospect, I should have had an emergency C-section with the twins, but I was only going in for the surgery because the doctor told me that I was only 15 weeks pregnant. If I had had to go in immediately, I would have been at a higher risk for blood loss and hemorrhaging, but I would have had the option of being able to get another tube in me. Also, I would have been able to have another backup catheter in my uterus.
Yes, it’s true. I was actually 21 weeks pregnant when I had a tubal ligation. My midwives and pediatricians were surprised and delighted that I was able to have the surgery. I was in breech for a little more than a week, which meant I had to be delivered through the cervix to be able to be safely moved into the uterus.
I remember it vividly because it was the first time I was ever “fully dilated,” which meant I could get an IV in me. I was in the hospital for a week, and I remember being surprised that my midwives were able to get me into the uterus, as I was in the hospital for three days.
I was born with a tubal ligation at 11 weeks, and I had to have another one after my first. The second one, when I was 13 years old, saved my life. It was after getting the second one that I developed a condition called tubo-ovarian ectopic pregnancy. I was told that I had this condition when I was pregnant with my second child, but the first was not a problem because my body was able to handle it.
I had a tubal ligation when I was 12. My mom and I went to a fertility specialist at the hospital and he told us to do it because we were having twins. We went in the room where I was and he took my blood and did a scan to see what was going on in my body. It was a normal pregnancy and I was able to have my tubes tied.
I know that you were told that it was a normal pregnancy, but that’s not true. Since the time of conception, the fetus has been attached to the uterus without the uterus. This is called an intrauterine pregnancy. While this condition is much rarer than tubal ligation, I think you should know about it. It’s called ectopic pregnancy because the pregnancy arises from the fallopian tubes.