Often a woman will reach a point in her life when she just knows that she's done having children. It may that health reasons would make another pregnancy complicated or it could hit her when she reaches a certain age, when she has the number of children that she always imagined having, or when the children she has become old enough that she can't imagine life with an infant again. Whatever the reason, when a woman, or a couple, has decided that they are definitely done having children, they start to consider their options for permanent birth control.
There are several advantages to permanent birth control. For example it can relieve a lot of stress to not have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy without taking daily birth control. Also, some birth control methods have unwanted side effects such as weight gain, changes to the skin, and mood swings.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Katy-area Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine has been helping patients find the right family planning solutions for many years. If you're considering permanent birth control, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I really done having children?
- Do I spend a lot of time worrying about an unplanned pregnancy?
- Am I comfortable with my current birth control method?
- If circumstances such as marital status or financial status change, would I consider having another child?
- Am I considering this only because my partner want is sure?
Permanent birth control procedures, also known as sterilization, exist for both men and women. A woman in a committed relationship should have the conversation with her husband or partner about which one of them should undergo a procedure. The decision often depends on various factors such as health of both parties, potential complications of the procedures, and whether or not either party will be having other procedures performed. For example, many women who will be delivering their last baby via c-section opt to have their tubes tied at the same time that the baby is delivered.
If you're considering permanent birth control, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options with Dr. Jenkins.