Sterilization is considered a permanent method of birth control that a man or woman chooses. Although sterilization, or a tubal ligation, for women and vasectomy for men can sometimes be reversed, the surgery is much more complicated than the original procedure and may not be successful. Thus, when choosing a sterilization method, you should not have thoughts of future reversal.
Women who choose sterilization no longer need to worry about pregnancy or cope with the distractions and possible side effects of contraceptives. Sterilization does not impair sexual desire or pleasure, and many people say that it actually enhances sex by removing the fear of unwanted pregnancy.
Female Sterilization, Tubal Ligation
About 700,000 American women each year elect to have surgery for sterilization, referred to as tying the Fallopian tubes or tubal ligation. Some women have a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and sometimes also the ovaries) each year but usually not only for birth control.
The Fallopian tubes (through which the egg passes from the ovaries and where the egg is fertilized by the sperm) may be blocked with rings, clips, bands, segmental destruction with electrocoagulation, or suture ligation with partial salpingectomy. Female sterilization prevents fertilization by interrupting the passage through Fallopian tube.
Female Sterilization, Implants
The Essure system involves a small metallic implant that is placed into the Fallopian tubes of women who wish to be permanently sterilized. During the first three months, women cannot rely on the implants and must use alternate birth control. At the 3-month point, women must undergo a final X-ray procedure in which dye is placed in the uterus and an X-ray is taken to confirm proper device placement. Once placement is confirmed, you do not need another form of birth control.
If you are considering permanent sterilization, you should consult with our Columbus gynecologist to discuss your options. Just call Columbus Central Obstetrics and Gynecology today at (706) 507-6306 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a member of our experienced and caring staff./appointment' class='appointment-btn'>Request an Appointment!