Obviously, the first thing you need to consider before choosing sterilization as your birth control method is: Do you want children in the future? Sterilization is a common method of permanent birth control. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), sterilization is the most common method of contraception among married couples.
Both men and women can be sterilized. For men, sterilization means a vasectomy. For women, there are two different methods of sterilization: tubal ligation and hysterectomy. Dr. Gary F. Willen at Tahoe Women’s Care in Carson City, Nevada can help you weigh these options and decide on an approach that best fits your needs.
Again, you must consider carefully whether you’re comfortable with not having any children after the procedure is done. While sterilization procedures for both men and women may be reversible, it’s not guaranteed. If you are of childbearing age, it is appropriate to use one of the safer, temporary forms of birth control until you undergo menopause.
There are other things to consider before sterilization, as well. Read on for some questions that can help you explore this complex and important decision.
Are there other birth control options that might work?
Before you opt for permanent birth control, you should explore your other options. Long-lasting birth control methods, which include IUDs and implants, may be a good option if you are not interested in taking a daily pill or using barrier methods such as a condom. These methods can last anywhere from 5 years to 12 years, depending on the type you choose. IUD’S are much safer now with fewer side effects and are a good option for women of childbearing age.
What type of sterilization do you want?
If you’ve decided that sterilization is the right birth control method for you, then you have to consider which procedure is the right sterilization procedure for you and your partner. A vasectomy is one option if the male partner wants to get sterilized. For women, fortunately, there are a few safe, effective methods to remove or block the reproductive organs.
At Tahoe Women’s Care, we offer the most advanced form of sterilization, including the DaVinci® hysterectomy. Once an open surgery requiring six to eight weeks of recovery, this new type of hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that can be better for the patient in many ways. There are fewer complications, minimal scarring, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay.
If you’re considering a hysterectomy or would like information on other forms of birth control, call Tahoe Women’s Care or request an appointment online.