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Tubal Sterilization (cont.)

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If a woman feels she wants a permanent solution to birth control, discuss options with a health care professional. Sometimes, younger women who choose this procedure regret their decision later. The younger the woman, the more likely she will regret choosing this permanent form of birth control.

The doctor will discuss your current number of children, your plans for your future and family, and will want to talk with your spouse. This is an important decision. Women with certain medical conditions may not be suited for this procedure.

Tubal ligation is surgery. Many couples, in looking at their birth control options, especially when they are ready to stop having children, weigh the benefits and risks of whether the woman would undergo tubal sterilization or the man a vasectomy.

Tubal ligation is not temporary. Do not think of it as a procedure to be easily reversed. When reversal is attempted, the operation becomes major surgery and is only successful about 50% to 80% of the time (meaning the woman is able to become pregnant after reversal).

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference. Tubal Sterilization.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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Prior to the 1960s, female sterilization in the United States was generally performed only for medical indications (when additional pregnancies would be hazardous to the mother).

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