Who Should Consider Female Sterilization

Who Should Consider Female Sterilization

Birth control is always a very personal decision. Today, there are many different forms of contraception available for women, including permanent and more temporary methods. When determining which birth control is best for you, there are many factors to consider, including your plans for future children and level of sexual activity as well as the convenience and effectiveness of each option. One of the most serious and permanent decisions a woman can make in terms of birth control is a sterilization procedure.

What is Female Sterilization?

In a woman, sterilization refers to tubal ligation, which is a surgical procedure to close off the fallopian tubes and prevent the sperm from reaching the eggs released by the ovaries. In doing so, it is a very effective and highly convenient means of preventing pregnancy. However, it is not a choice you should make without heavy consideration first.

Is Sterilization Right For You?

At North Point OB/GYN, we are happy to help you determine your candidacy for a sterilization procedure or tubal ligation. Here are some general questions to ask yourself before you commit to sterilization:

Is my family definitely complete?

Sterilization is permanent, so you should be sure that you have no plans or desires to have children in the future.

Do I still want to protect myself against STDs?

Sterilization is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. However, if you have an active sex life or have intercourse with multiple partners, you won’t be protecting yourself again sexually transmitted diseases. This means you’ll still need to use a condom or other form of protection.

Am I too young to make this choice?

Maybe you are certain you don’t want kids right now even though you are still young. Be cautious about making an irreversible decision with sterilization. Life can take crazy turns and surprise you, and the restriction of not being able to get pregnant is not one you want to regret later in life.

Are there other forms of birth control that may work?

Sterilization is not the only option for long-term and convenient birth control. There are intrauterine devices (IUDs) that can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years! This is advisable if you are not 100% sure you want to completely close the door to childbearing during your lifetime.

Want to learn more about female sterilization from a trusted and experienced provider? Call North Pointe OB/GYN. We can explain what this procedure entails and what you can expect in terms of timing and recovery. Keep in mind that tubal ligation does not alter hormones, so a woman will still have her monthly menstrual cycle and experience menopause after the procedure.

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