Sterilization is a form of birth control. All sterilization procedures are meant to be permanent. Sterilization is safe and, because it lasts for life, it’s simple and convenient. It allows a woman to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy. Many women and men report that they have more sexual pleasure because they don’t have to think about unwanted pregnancy anymore.
Sterilization does not change your hormones. The hormones that affect hair, voice, sex drive, muscle tone, and breast size, are still made in the ovaries. Those hormones still flow through the body after sterilization. It will not cause symptoms of menopause or make menopause happen earlier. And most women who have been sterilized will still have normal periods.
Sterilization may be right for you if:
- You don’t want to have a child biologically in the future.
- You have concerns about the side effects of other methods.
- Other methods are unacceptable.
- Your health would be threatened by a future pregnancy.
- You don’t want to pass on a hereditary illness or disability.
- You and your partner agree that your family is complete, and no more children are wanted.
- You and your partner have decided that sterilization is better for you than vasectomy is for him.
Types of Sterilization
Sterilization may be performed in one of several ways, depending upon where the procedure is done (office versus operating room) and when it is done (after childbirth or at another time).
- Laparoscopic sterilization is done in the operating room any time other than after childbirth. It requires general or regional anesthesia.
- Minilaparotomy is performed in an operating room, using general or regional anesthesia, often one to two days after a woman gives birth.
- Hysteroscopic sterilization may be done in the office or operating room, requires only local anesthesia, and is done at a time other than after childbirth.
Columbus gynecologist will be happy to help you decide which kind of sterilization might be right for you. If you’re considering a sterilization procedure, call Central Obstetrics and Gynecology GA today at (706) 507-6306 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options or to speak with a member of our experienced and caring staff./appointment' class='appointment-btn'>Request an Appointment!