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Closed For Business: 5 Reasons I Love Having My Tubes Tied

A few minutes after I was wheeled into the recovery room after my second C-section, which was followed by the tubal ligation I had adamantly requested, my husband asked me how I was feeling. "Fantastic," I replied, obviously still under the influence of some heavy drugs. "I just had a beautiful, perfect son, and I'm now infertile. I couldn't be happier." Nine months later, I spend most of my days with my spirited (aka crazy) 3-year-old daughter and my sweet, nap-averse baby, and my sentiments about my tubal ligation are even more passionate. Besides having my kids, it's the best thing I ever did with my reproductive organs. Why, you might ask, do I love being closed for the baby business so much?

  1. I pretty much hate being pregnant. I'm aware that some women love pregnancy; I'm just not one of them. I'm firmly in the camp of thinking every single baby-carrying moment is torture, and the additional 45 pounds, high blood pressure, and constant nausea I experienced during both of my pregnancies certainly didn't add to the fun. Yes, of course it was worth it for my kids, but I am beyond glad that I never have to do it again.
  2. I always have the perfect answer when people ask me if I'm having more. As most moms know, about 15 minutes after you give birth, people start asking when you're planning on having your next one. Once I tell people about my tubal ligation and give them the universal "snip, snip" hand signal, the conversation is similarly shut down.
  3. To me, good birth control equals permanent birth control. Before I had my kids, I tried pretty much every kind of birth control. The pill gave me some scary side effects, and as a happily married woman, condoms felt a little ridiculous. So I asked my then-doctor for a diaphragm. When she yelled down the hall to the nurse, "Dust off the diaphragm measuring kit," I should have known it wasn't going to be my saving grace. After using it once, it was stashed in the back of my medicine cabinet, where it's remained ever since. So when given the chance to never have to worry about birth control again, I jumped for it.
  4. Ten minutes to a more infertile me. Since my second C-Section was planned, I had plenty of time to contemplate and commit to a tubal ligation with my husband, who was similarly all-in (I'm sure escaping the possibility of a vasectomy added to his enthusiasm). To me, the procedure felt like an easy, awesome add-on to my delivery. I met my gorgeous son, my husband took him into the recovery room, and I spent an additional 10 or so minutes in the O.R. while my doctor rendered my fallopian tubes useless (tubal ligation is about 99.5 percent effective). He joked after the procedure that he had followed my request and only "tied one tube" (note to self: in the future, find doctors who don't fancy themselves comedians), but he must have done something right. My surgery recovery time was incredibly fast, and I've had zero complications.
  5. Carefree sex. My post-two-kids sex life hasn't exactly been rocking (hello, pelvic floor distress), but when I do get my groove back, I'll be ready. And I will get my groove back eventually, right?
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HollyPowell47937 HollyPowell47937 2 years

After an early miscarriage, I had a practically perfect pregnancy with my daughter but a difficult labor. 3yrs later when I found out I was pregnant with Twin Boys, I felt no hesitation requesting a C-section & a Tubal. Sometimes I feel a little bad when my daughter talks about wanting a sister but I get over it quick.

SharisseQuinones SharisseQuinones 2 years

I love this post and agree with it 100%. I had decided to get a tubal ligation one way or another once my son was born. Turned out that I ended up having an "urgent" c-section so I was able to have the tubal done right then and there. I have a 19 year old son, a 9 year old daughter and a 3 month old son. Enough is enough! I am done and very happy about it!

nancyeinhart nancyeinhart 2 years

This is such a great essay and OMG the "Dust off the diaphragm measuring kit" line made me LOL.

LiezleBrussouw LiezleBrussouw 2 years

Awesome, I am a little late in deciding to have my tubes tied. I am now pregnant with my 4th child. I was just plan slack with birth control thinking after my 2nd child what are the chances that I will get pregnant again, 5 years later was pregnant then again I thought I will never be pregnant again. Ooops here comes baby number 4. I love my children dearly but I am never doing this again. Pregnancy is not for me.

Michelle15499717 Michelle15499717 2 years

We have a history of post tubal ligation issues in our family...the "syndrome" that doctors either admit to or deny, but anyway, it wasn't for me. I've been happy with the mirena IUD and am on my second one and feel much the same way. My BC is 99.5% effective, and although it is reversible in an office visit, I have no plans! The freedom as a busy parent is amazing...when you finally get alone time with hubby, you aren't worried about that!

CatherineHaury CatherineHaury 2 years

I'm with you! I love my 3 children and I love that my gates are now closed.

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