Women today have many options in birth control, including temporary, long term, and permanent solutions. The most popular type of contraception around the world is sterilization. It offers many benefits; however, it is not a decision to be taken lightly. When you visit Dr. Jenkins, he will explain the risks, benefits, and alternatives so that you can make a decision you won't regret.
You or him?
Sterilization options are available for men and women. The procedure for men is known as a vasectomy, and the procedure for women is called tubal sterilization. Either option is highly effective, with few risks of complications. If you are in a committed relationship, and considering sterilization, you and your partner should discuss the options. Many couples make the decision based on which partner is in better health, although the surgeries are minor.
When making the choice, it is important to keep in mind the possibility of divorce or death of your spouse. Although these are unpleasant topics to consider, you should consider all potential circumstances when making a permanent decision. If you were suddenly single, or remarried, would you consider having a child?
Permanent or long term
The obvious benefits of permanent sterilization include hassle-free birth control with no risk of forgetting a dose. However, the rest of your life is a long time, and a lot of things could change. Very few well-informed women regret this decision, but if you have doubts, it could haunt you for life.
Dr. Jenkins offers an excellent solution with most of the same benefits as sterilization, yet it is reversible. Mirena is an implantable device that provides reliable protection for up to five years. If you change your mind, you can have it removed. On the other hand, permanent sterilization is still an option in the future if become certain.
Methods of sterilization
You've made your decision, and you are sure sterilization is right for you – what's next? There are two methods. The traditional technique, often referred to a “having your tubes tied.” It is performed through a small incision, and it requires several days of recovery time.
Dr. Jenkins offers an advanced method of permanent sterilization. Essure is a simple procedure, performed right here in our comfortable office. Soft, flexible inserts are used to close off the fallopian tubes gently and permanently. It is comfortable, minimally invasive, and only requires about one day's recovery time.
To learn more about permanent sterilization, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins, call our office at 855-346-8610. We are located in Katy, TX, serving residents of Fulshear, Cypress, and other nearby communities.
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