If you are certain that you don’t want any more children, sterilization can seem like a great option. With sterilization, you no longer have to worry about remember to take a pill or scheduling routine visits for boosters or refills. Of all the methods of birth control, sterilization is the one with the lowest rate of failure. But before you schedule that surgery, consider these three things before making your decision.
Sterilization is Permanent
While there is a way to reverse a tubal ligation for a woman to get pregnant, the procedure is not commonly practiced, nor is it usually successful. Sterilization is a very permanent birth control solution. Only about 5 in 1,000 women get pregnant within the first year after the procedure, with 2 in 100 women getting pregnant within 10 years. If you are not 100 percent certain that you do not want children in the future, you should go with other birth control methods.
There is a Minimum Age Requirement
The state of Florida has a minimum age requirement for sterilization. You cannot get a tubal ligation if you are under the age of 21. Even if you are older than 21, if you do not have any children you may have difficulty finding a doctor willing to perform the procedure. Research shows that the highest level of regret after sterilization is from women who undergo the procedure before the age of 30. Many doctors take that into consideration and will refuse to perform the procedure except in certain circumstances.
If after these considerations you are still certain that you want sterilization, contact our offices for more information and to schedule an appointment. We will discuss your options with you and help you make the right decision for you.