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Permanent Birth Control Options

Permanent Birth Control OptionsThere may come a point when you decide that you do not wish to become pregnant again and you may wonder about the permanent birth control options available to prevent pregnancy in your remaining reproductive years.
 
Your options for sterilization or permanent birth control are tubal ligation (tying your tubes) or Essure. Tubal ligation is a permanent sterilization procedure performed under general anesthesia at an out-patient surgical center. It generally requires 2-5 days off of work for recovery.
 
While surgical tubal ligation is 99.6 – 99.8% effective, when tubal ligation fails women often will have an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that has planted in your fallopian tube rather than the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy must be treated promptly by a physician, since these pregnancies can result in life-threatening bleeding from the ruptured fallopian tube.
 
Unlike a tubal ligation, an Essure procedure is non-surgical, hormone-free, and is performed in your AOA office rather than an out-patient surgical center, under sedation using a scope or camera in the uterus to place plugs in the fallopian tubes. Most women recover from this procedure rapidly and return to work in 2 days.
 
Before making a decision to permanently remove the possibility of future pregnancy, your AOA physician will want to discuss your decision to choose permanent birth control. Your doctor wants to be certain that you have examined your choice from all angles and considered all other reversible methods of birth control. You should understand that tubal ligation or Essure procedures are non-reversible or permanent.
 
Resources:
 
The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, www.nia.nih.gov/.../9798/MenopausepartsAP62409.pdf
 
The National Institute of Health, News in Health,