Definitions for "Tubal ligation"
a sterilization procedure in which the uterine (Fallopian) tubes are tied and cut
Surgical sterilization of a woman by obstructing the fallopian tubes using cautery and removal of a segment of each tube, or "tying" the tube.
Surgery to close the uterine tubes to prevent pregnancy
a MUCH BETTER alternative than a hysterectomy and in fact I doubt ANY doctor would give a woman a hysterectomy just because they didn't want to reproduce
a relatively simple out-patient surgery done in a clinic, doctor's office, or hospital
a very personal decision, and I would not be in a hurry if this is at all undesirable for you and your partner
a permanent means of contraception