Birth control is a very personal decision. Most forms of contraception are reversible. Even if you think that you are done having children, you can change your mind at any time. Re-marriage, loss of a child, or changes in financial situations are common reasons that women decide to have more children than they expected to. However, there may come a time in your life when you are positive that you never want to become pregnant. Sterilization is permanent, convenient birth control.
There are several procedures used to accomplish female sterilization.
- Tubal ligation, also known as tying of the tubes, is a surgical procedure, which involves cutting and sealing the fallopian tubes. It is performed under general anesthesia.
- In some variations of tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are closed with clips or bands.
- A complete hysterectomy results in sterilization, but it is not recommended unless other medical problems indicate the need.
- Hysteroscopic sterilization is the only incision-free method. It works by blocking each fallopian tube with a small device. This form of permanent birth control has less risk of complication and a faster recovery time than other methods.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness, with the gentlest, least invasive medical techniques available. Therefore, he recommends the hysteroscopic method of sterilization, using the Essure device. It is the most effective permanent birth control currently available. A clinical trial, conducted over the course of five years, proved Essure to have a higher rate of success than tubal ligation. The procedure is completed is one office visit, and many patients return to their normal activities the same day.
During the procedure, a soft, flexible device will be placed in the opening of each tube. Tissue will begin growing around the devices, gradually blocking the tubes. It is not immediately effective, so you will need to use another method of birth control for about three months. At that time, Dr. Jenkins will take a hysterosalpingography x-ray to be sure that the procedure was effective.
Sterilization is considered permanent; reversal procedures are rarely effective. Therefore, it is important to be certain of your decision. Dr. Jenkins also offers a variety of reversible solutions, including long-lasting Nexplanon, which provides effective protection for up to three years.
Call 855-346-8610 and schedule an appointment to learn more about your options.
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