Most effective form of birth control is surgical sterilization. It is advisable to those couples who do not want any more children. The decision to opt for this method of birth control should not be made in haste. The procedure is reversible but success rate is not so high.
Surgical sterilization is the most effective form of birth control and the most final. Therefore, it is imperative that men and women who opt for this method of birth control be absolutely certain that they do not want children. This is not something you can change your mind about after it has been done.
Making the decision
This is not an easy decision to make.
You will probably vacillate over the decision, constantly asking yourself
if you are doing the right thing. Do not hesitate to speak to your doctor
and clarify all your doubts, even if you have to call him several times.
This is perfectly normal because it is quite an important decision to make.
In effect, you are closing off the option of having children permanently.
Couples who usually go in for the
sterilization option are those who feel that their family is complete and
they are sure that they do not want more offspring. Surgical sterilization
may be advised for women who may be at risk if they become pregnant.
However, keep in mind that fertility
declines rapidly once a woman is past her child-bearing age (around her
mid-forties). Thus, she may only need to use contraception for the next
few years. In such a case, undergoing a surgery for the purposes of birth
control may be quite a drastic decision and probably unnecessary in the
long run. In addition, you must consider the fact that you might marry
a little later in life, or even remarry.
Remember that male sterilization,
known as a vasectomy, is also an option. This may be slightly less risky,
less expensive, and only slightly less effective than female sterilization.
Is surgical sterilization
Some men and women change their minds
and ask to have their "tubes untied." Statistics show that only a very
small percentage of such people have been able to conceive. There have
also been rare cases of the Fallopian tubes rejoining. Tubal ligation using
metal clips and rubber bands has greater potential for reversibility. Rarely
does pregnancy occur after a tubal ligation. This is not necessarily because
the surgery has failed. More likely, the woman was pregnant at the time
of surgery so the purpose was already defeated. It is advisable to do a
pregnancy test prior to surgery. To be on the safe side, schedule the sterilization
operation within the first two weeks following the start of a normal period.
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