Hysteroscopic Occlusion Of The Fallopian Tubes For Sterilization

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Hysteroscopic occlusion of the fallopian tubes is a procedure to block your fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.

  • NSAIDs decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your PHP if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your PHP or gynecologist as directed:

You will need to see your PHP or gynecologist a few months after your procedure. You may need a hysterosalpingogram, ultrasound, or pelvic x-ray. These tests are done to check your tubes and make sure they are completely blocked. Your PHP may also check if the coil inside each tube is in the right place. Ask for more information about these tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Activity:

You may be able to return to your daily activities on the day of your procedure. Ask when you can return to work, exercise, or other activities.

Birth control:

It will take at least 3 months for your tubes to be completely blocked. You will need to use a form of birth control during this time to prevent pregnancy. Talk to your PHP or gynecologist about what kind of birth control is best for you.

Prevent blood clots:

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that causes blood clots to form inside your veins. You may be at an increased risk for DVT after your procedure. Ask your PHP or gynecologist for more information about how to prevent DVT.

Contact your PHP or gynecologist if:

  • You feel dizzy or you have fainted.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have pain in your lower back, legs, hips, or thighs.

  • You have foul-smelling vaginal discharge.

  • You have nausea and are vomiting.

  • You have questions about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your legs are swollen, warm, and painful.

  • You have very bad stomach or pelvic pain.

  • You think or know that you have become pregnant.

  • You have large amounts of vaginal bleeding and it is not time for your monthly period.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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