Women who do not want to have children have a number of birth control options available to them, including several that are permanent. Tubal ligation is a surgery that blocks a woman’s Fallopian tubes. It keeps the egg from moving through the ovary into the uterus, thus preventing pregnancy. It is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX has helped countless patients understand their birth control options. Here he explains the difference between surgical and non-surgical procedure:
A surgical tubal ligation requires making small incisions into the abdomen and inserting a laparoscope. Instruments are inserted through the laparoscope and the Fallopian tubes are coagulated, cauterized, or have small clips placed on each tube. Patients can return to normal activities within a few days. This procedure can be performed immediately following childbirth or during a Cesarean section.
A new procedure has been developed that blocks the Fallopian tubes without the need for incisions or general anesthesia. The physician inserts an obstructive device into each of the fallopian tubes using a hysteroscope, which is inserted through the vagina, into the uterus, and then into the Fallopian tube. The procedure works by sparking the development of scar tissue over the implant, which blocks the tube and prevents pregnancy.
Tubal ligation is a safe procedure with less than 1 percent experiencing complications. However, with both procedures, and with any surgery, there are risks including side effects from anesthesia, bleeding, infection, or organ damage. Additionally, there is a very small chance that a woman who has the procedure will become pregnant. In these cases, there is an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, which can be very dangerous.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.