I have Big News!
Obviously, from the title, I’m not pregnant. No, no! I’m just posting my very first ever YouTube Vlog today. It’s my personal experience, lessons, and regrets with having a tubal ligation at the age of [almost] twenty-six.
I didn’t want to make a fifteen-minute long video of myself sitting at my dining room table, blabbering away about two pregnancies and a tubal ligation. But, because I had complications with both births, I thought I would share those stories here.
My first pregnancy was delightful, but giving birth was traumatic and a bit horrifying. You can read about my first pregnancy here.
Second Pregnancy and C-Section
At around 27 weeks pregnant my midwife informed me that my daughter was breech. She wasn’t concerned in the slightest, as lots of babies move around and do some flipping until they are closer to their due date. At that point, they settle head down into the pelvis. My daughter never turned. I tried everything to get her to move. I went to a chiropractor who performed the Webster method, used moxibustion, did tons of exercises, and finally had an external version.
Nothing worked and I finally scheduled my C-Section. Normally, a C-Section is a pretty safe and quick procedure. You don’t even have to be put under for it. However, due to my previous C-Section and the [insert demeaning word here] doctor who performed it, I had loads and loads of scar tissue. The answer was clear. My daughter couldn’t have moved if she wanted to. She was stuck in a breech position because of the massive amounts of scar tissue.
During my second C-Section, my doctor removed all of my scar tissue. After birthing my daughter and being allowed to hold her for a few minutes, they took her and my boyfriend out of the room and put me under to finish the surgery. I’m not sure of the exact amount of time it took to clean out the scar tissue, but I think it was around an hour and a half. A C-Section without complications takes between 10-15 minutes according to Cleveland Clinic.
Afterward, I was left with unsightly bruising that covered my entire pubic area. I wasn’t even aware that that area could bruise that bad, so I called my doctor into my room and had him take a look. He explained that it was due to all the scar tissue removal. All was fine, but it didn’t look pretty.
Fast Forward to my Tubal Ligation…
When I had my consultation with my doctor about getting a tubal ligation, he warned me about there being complications due to the scar tissue and trauma to my abdomen. He said they would put the General Surgeon on standby just in case. It was slightly offputting, but I knew that I still wanted a tubal ligation, and I trusted him.
The procedure and healing went very well, without complication. However, when I returned to the clinic for my post checkup, I was told that my tubes had to be cut and burned instead of banded. This may have been caused by the previous C-Sections I had.