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Open Access Highly Accessed Research article

The risk of menstrual abnormalities after tubal sterilization: a case control study

Mehri Jafari shobeiri1* and Simin AtashKhoii2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Al-zahra Hospital, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, South Artesh Ave., Tabriz, Iran

2 Department of Anesthesia, Al-zahra Hospital, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, South Artesh Ave., Tabriz, Iran

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BMC Women's Health 2005, 5:5  doi:10.1186/1472-6874-5-5

Published: 2 May 2005

Abstract

Background

Tubal sterilization is the method of family planning most commonly used. The existence of the post-tubal-ligation syndrome of menstrual abnormalities has been the subject of debate for decades.

Methods

In a cross-sectional study, 112 women with the history of Pomeroy type of tubal ligation achieved by minilaparatomy as the case group and 288 women with no previous tubal ligation as the control group were assessed for menstrual abnormalities.

Results

Menstrual abnormalities were not significantly different between the case and control groups (p = 0.824). The abnormal uterine bleeding frequency differences in two different age groups (30–39 and 40–45 years old) were statistically significant (p = 0.0176).

Conclusion

Tubal sterilization does not cause menstrual irregularities.