(Closed) Permanent Birth Control and Experiences

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I don’t have experience with this, but work in the health field and have also been considering permanent birth control options. I’m sure you’ve seen the chart linked below from CDC which shows quantified information on effectiveness of different contraception methods (it may be what you’re talking about with the efficacy of sterilization). Even though permanent birth control for females is less effective than an IUD or a vasectomy, it’s still much more effective than the pill or other common contraceptive options with less than 1 pregnany per 100 women per year. 

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/pdf/contraceptive_methods_508.pdf

After reviewing this information, other studies, and options with some of my colleagues, we (my fiance and I) ultimately decided that he would get a vasectomy. For us it made the most sense, but obviously you should do what’s right for you :). I’m also following this thread as I’m interested in other’s experiences since permanent birth control for me was something we considered (and would still be open to).

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I don’t know how old you are or if you already have children, but if you’re below 45 and you don’t already have kids then good luck finding a doctor who will do the procedure.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

timethief:  I know this was probably directed at the OP, but I am 32 with no children and my doctor is willing to do the procedure. To be fair, I live in a large city, though it is in the southern US. I know several younger women who have chosen not to have children and have opted for permanent birth control options with physicians different from mine – so there are others in town that will do it. Due to the nature of my city, I don’t think it’s entirely uncommon for physicians to get this request here whereas it might be harder to find a physician to do it in another area.

I certainly agree that you may get pushback from some physicians, but it’s definitely possible to find a doctor to do it at any age if you can articulate a clear understanding of what the procedure means and how it fits into your life plans.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BitterGlitter:  I had a tubal ligation after my second, and last child was born. I knew that no matter what, I did not want more children so it was a good choice for me.

I had no noticeable discomfort from the surgery, no delayed recovery from childbirth and never had any problems since.

I later divorced my husband, and made it clear to men I dated that we were a package deal- me, my two kids, and my tubal ligation.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I can’t speak to personal experience, but DON’T get essure if you have a nickel allergy. A friend of mine had horrible complications (pain, swelling, hair loss, inflamation). Doctors often won’t ask you about nickel, but it’s fairly common. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had a tubal ligation after my second child was born. I was in my mid-twenties. The consultation was short, my doctor wanted to be sure I’d thought it through. The procedure went just fine and cost only my regular co-pay. The recovery was several days and I was definitely in pain and not up to returning to work for a few days. 

I haven’t had any negative after-effects and so far, it’s been 100% effective for me and it’s been more than a decade. 

After I met my husband, I did have feelings of regret. He doesn’t have any children of his own and while he accepts the “package deal”, like julies1949:  mentioned, I would love it if we could have children together. 

Overall, I still think it was a good decision for me. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

timethief:  I’d heard this as well, but had no problem having my doctor do the procedure and I was in my twenties.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

BitterGlitter:  Just want to say that my best friend also had a tubal ligation in her late 20s. (different doctor)

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

BitterGlitter:  I’m in my 30’s and my OB is giving me a hard time because I don’t have any kids. I’m actually in the process of finding a new one.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

BitterGlitter:  Yes, it’s been great not having to think/worry about any of those things.

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