Tubal ligation is considered a permanent form of birth control, according to MedlinePlus, so it is meant to last for a woman's lifetime. WebMD explains that tubal ligation involves blocking, tying or cutting the fallopian tubes to prevent the fertilization of a woman's eggs by sperm.Know More
Tubal ligation is an effective form of birth control, but it is not 100 percent effective, WebMD warns. Pregnancy may occur if the procedure is not performed properly or if the fallopian tubes grow back together.
Reversal of tubal ligation is possible, Medline advises, but it involves major surgery. More than 50 percent of women who undergo a reversal of tubal ligation can become pregnant.Learn more about Birth Control
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, last up to 12 years, according to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The copper ParaGard IUD is effective for 12 years. Mirena and Skyla IUDs, which contain the hormone progestin, last five and three years, respectively.Full Answer >
Spotting is very common during the first cycle of pills but normally resolves by the end of the third cycle, according to McKinley Health Center. Women who still experience spotting or any other unpleasant side effects after three cycles of pills should seek medical advice.Full Answer >
Although tubal ligation is considered a permanent means of preventing pregnancy, it can be reversed by a procedure known as a tubal ligation reversal, according to the American Pregnancy Association. This procedure involves restoring the functionality of the Fallopian tubes. The reversal procedure is successful in 25 to 80 percent of cases, but it does increase the chance of a woman becoming pregnant in her tubes, which is known as an ectopic pregnancy.Full Answer >
A woman is fertile for up to one day after ovulation, per About.com. An egg is viable for 12 to 24 hours following ovulation, the American Pregnancy Association notes. After that time, unfertilized eggs then disintegrate and are absorbed by the lining of the uterus.Full Answer >