What is the difference between Court and Tubal Ligation?

Among the permanent contraceptive and birth control methods, tubal ligation and cutting are two of the most popular. Both involve a blockage in a woman’s fallopian tubes, which would prevent the passage of the egg to the uterus, thus making its fertilization and a subsequent pregnancy practically impossible. Although, in principle, both are often confused, the truth is that both are two variations of the same procedure.

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Tubal ligation
Cut of tubes
Definition Surgical contraceptive procedure that consists of the interruption of the free circulation of the fallopian tubes. This implies that neither the ovules can descend, nor the spermatozoa go up, so fertilization does not take place. This surgery is considered minor and is performed on women of childbearing age who do not wish to have (more) children. It is one of the types of tubal ligation available. However, technically the truth is that it does not matter what technique the doctor chooses, because in all cases a cut is made in the fallopian tubes. What happens next is what differentiates one method from the other. After the tubes are cut, they can be just cauterized, sealed with a ring or staple, or tied.
Types This type of surgery can be carried out in different ways: 

  • Cut and cauterization of the tubes,
  • Tubal blockage with staples, hooks, or plastic rings, and
  • Total removal of the tubes.
Tubal cutting is one of the tubal ligation methods that exists.
Effectiveness It depends a lot on the age of the woman undergoing the procedure. The younger you are, the more risk there is for the tubes to reconnect. However, in general, this surgery is 99% effective. The effectiveness is the same as in ligation. On average only 1 in 100 cases results in a post-operative pregnancy, however this largely depends on the age of the patient.

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