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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 reversible

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.

Different Methods of Female Sterilization

Male Sterilization - Vasectomy

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mallikai.12 years ago
sterlization seems to be the most effective bith control method and i belive it should be enforceable more often. especially in cicumstances where the mother keeps having children and she can't even support herself let alone her children. i think the court should use their authority and start sterilizing these irresponsible women.
dgatz.12 years ago
sterilization is not a good solution for any couple problem
ANGIE.12 years ago
i saw on t.v. now where a tubal ligation can be reversed, is this true withouut using the method that has been mentioned?
karen.12 years ago
i had my tubes ties almost 4 years ago and it was the worst decision i have ever made. only a few months after the surgery i noticed a decline in my sex drive and sexual sensation. then i developed a chronic lower back ache and chronic lower abdominal pain. since then i developed insomnia, dry skin and hair, mood swings, depression, and loss of muscle tone. i have just found out through blood tests that my levels of estradiol and testosterone are far below normal. i believe this is a direct result of a loss of blood flow to my ovaries causing declining levels of the hormones that are necessary for my physical and emotional well being. i ahve found literally hundreds of articlas on post tubal ligation syndrome. my advice, don't do it! it can sabbotage your health.
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Appalled Aussie.12 years ago
mallikai did you really mean to say 'enforceable'

yes there would seem to be no doubt i read on 'i think the court should use their authority and start sterilizing these irresponsible women'

in a state where this is was tolerated free speach such as you may exercise here, would not be.
tubal ligation reversed
i want to have a child for my boyfriend, can i get it dont here in barbados?
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