Female Sterilization

Female Sterilization

Permanent Sterilization GwinnettIf a woman decides that she no longer wishes to become pregnant, long-term birth control, or sterilization, a procedure that eliminates the worry of unplanned pregnancy without the need for additional hormone supplements, is an option. Depending on the specific method used, long-term birth control procedures are between 98% and 99.8% effective, making them a far more reliable option than most temporary methods of birth control, particularly barrier methods such as the condom and diaphragm. However, it is important to note that no medical procedure is completely infallible and that, in certain rare cases, there may be a slight risk that pregnancy could still occur after undergoing female sterilization. Moreover, these procedures provide no protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we specialize in a variety of female sterilization services including:

 

Tubal Ligation

Commonly known as having one’s “tubes tied,” tubal ligation is a surgical procedure wherein a woman’s fallopian tubes are either clamped and blocked or severed and sealed. Both of these prevent the transportation of eggs to the uterus and the passage of sperm into the tubes. An estimated 700,000 American women undergo tubal ligation each year, making it the most common form of contraception in the United States.

 

Tubal Occlusion with Essure®

Tubal occlusion is a completely non-surgical long-term birth control procedure involving the placement of a tiny, flexible insert called Essure®. Essure® is inserted into each of the fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of the vagina and cervix and works with the body to form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the eggs, making fertilization and pregnancy virtually impossible.

 

Vasectomy (not performed at this office)

Male sterilization is a minor surgical procedure, performed in a doctor’s office, that involves the cutting and sealing of the vas deferens, the tubes in the male reproductive system that carry sperm. While this does not affect a man’s ability to achieve orgasm or ejaculate, it will prevent any sperm from being a part of that fluid ejaculate.

 

Female Sterilization FAQs

How long does it take to recover after undergoing female sterilization?
As with any medical procedure, recovery times after female sterilization can vary significantly depending upon the individual patient’s general health, lifestyle, and the specific method used. In most cases, both tubal ligation and tubal occlusion with Essure® can be performed as outpatient procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay. After tubal ligation, a patient can usually return to her usual routine after a day or two, but may wish to avoid strenuous activity for at least a week. Recovery from sterilization with Essure® is generally faster, and some women return to normal activities the same day as the procedure. In either case you should discuss with Dr. Gould when it will be safe to return to normal activities, such as going back to work, exercising, and having sex again. If you have had Essure®, you will need to use another birth control method for three months until we confirm that the Fallopian tubes are completely blocked.

Can the effects of female sterilization ever be reversed?
Although all of the forms of female sterilization are safe and relatively simple procedures, attempts to reverse their effects can be difficult and are not always effective. Determining whether or not you are ready for female sterilization is an important decision that should not be entered into lightly. Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with one of the providers at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to make sure that you understand all of the options available.

 

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Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett
601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046   
Phone: 678.380.1980   
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