When a patient’s family is complete, the patient may opt for sterilization. The experienced physicians at Capital Women's Care provide safe, effective sterilization options for patients in Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland. Patients interested in these services can count on the physicians to help them find the option that is most appropriate.
Sterilization is the elimination of fertility through a medical procedure. Sterilization may or may not require surgery, depending on the procedure chosen. Once sterilization is complete, the woman won’t be able to get pregnant naturally.
The most common method used to sterilize women is tubal ligation. During this procedure, the surgeon uses clips, bands, threads, or an electric current to seal off the fallopian tubes. Once these tubes are blocked, sperm can no longer access the woman’s eggs and she won’t be able to get pregnant.
Another method of sterilization for women is known as Essure®. This is a non-surgical option that the doctors at Capital Women's Care perform in the office. During this procedure, the doctor places small inserts in the fallopian tubes. Over the following months, the body forms scar tissue around these inserts, which blocks the fallopian tubes and prevents pregnancy. Because this option doesn’t require anesthesia, hospitalization, or a lengthy recovery, it’s a popular option for busy patients.
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure and carries all of the risks commonly associated with surgery, including infection, bleeding, and bad reactions to anesthesia. In rare cases, women may also become pregnant after tubal ligation.
Essure doesn’t carry any of the risks associated with anesthesia or surgery. However, as with tubal ligation, it is possible to become pregnant after Essure in rare circumstances. Some women who have had the Essure procedure may also experience rashes, pelvic pain, or migration of the implant out of the fallopian tube.
Sterilization is appropriate only when a woman is sure that she doesn’t want to have any more children naturally. Sterilization is difficult to reverse, and in many cases, a natural pregnancy is impossible after sterilization. For this reason, women should consider their options carefully before undergoing sterilization. Women who aren’t sure that they are done having children should opt for a different method of birth control.
In some cases, it may be possible to reverse sterilization. However, a reversal doesn’t guarantee the return of fertility.
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