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Are You Considering Sterilization?

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There comes a time in many women’s lives when sterilization is both desired and needed. Thankfully, the ability to control fertility and prevent pregnancy is now possible through recent medical advancements. These solutions provide women with the opportunity to solve the birth control problem for good.

If you’re considering permanent sterilization, there are a few things you should know. At the time this article was published, there were several options within the field of tubal ligation. The first is a surgical procedure (done on an outpatient basis) that requires a doctor to cut through the fallopian tubes and tie them together, preventing the passage of eggs or sperm. Fallopian tubes can also be severed through the use of lasers, which quickly burn them shut.

The second form of tubal ligation is Essure, which implants small spring-like coils, bands, or clips into the fallopian tubes. These all work to halt the transportation of eggs and thus prevent pregnancy.

Both forms of tubal ligation are approximately 99.5 percent effective and can be performed in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. General or local anesthesia is often used to make the surgery less traumatic.

If you are concerned about checking into a hospital for the sole purpose of sterilization, there are a number of procedures that can easily accommodate a tubal ligation. These include laparoscopy, laparotomy, hysterectomy, hysteroscopy, culdoscopy, and culpotomy. Those who have trepidations about tubal ligation are encouraged to combine surgery with one of the aforementioned procedures.

Many women are concerned about the effects of surgery on their libido and sexual health. While sterilization often halts or inhibits hormonal production, the ability to enjoy intercourse is usually not reduced. In fact, it is common for women to enjoy a greater degree of sexual pleasure when not hindered by the concern for pregnancy.

Medically, tubal ligation is pretty much airtight. The real question revolves around your own resolve. This is a very serious procedure that relies on your own self-confidence in order to be successful. If you're unsure about your decision, think about what you would do if your life conditions were suddenly reversed. If you would still go through with the procedure regardless of the opposite circumstances, feel free to proceed without caution. If not, you may need to re-examine your situation and priorities.

Tubal ligation is incredibly freeing to those who are secure in their lifestyle and goals. It can also be a huge detriment to those who do not consider the consequences. I encourage you to think about your choices and be closer to the former, rather than the latter.

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