What is Birth Control?
Birth control is any technique that helps to prevent pregnancy. From abstinence to tying your tubes, methods for birth control vary from natural to surgical to even permanent. A discussion with your Ob/Gyn doctor during a birth control counseling appointment is the first step to learning more about your birth control options and determining the approach that is best for your needs.
What is a Permanent Method of Birth Control?
Permanent birth control, also known as sterilization, is a way to prevent pregnancies permanently. Permanent birth control is intended for women who are 100% certain that they no longer want children. With permanent birth control, you never have to worry about unplanned pregnancies.
What Permanent Birth Control Methods Are Available And What Do They Involve?
If you are looking for a permanent method of birth control, both surgical and minimally invasive methods are available. Permanent methods of birth control include:
- Fallopian tube occlusion – also known as Essure, this non-invasive permanent birth control procedure involves your doctor placing coil inserts in your fallopian tubes. Over time, a barrier develops around the inserts, blocking your tubes.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Permanent Birth Control?
The primary benefit of permanent birth control is the freedom to have sex without the worry of an unplanned pregnancy.
How Effective is Permanent Birth Control?
Permanent birth control is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Total removal of both fallopian tubes, also known as bilateral salpingectomy, offers nearly 100% contraceptive efficacy.
Do You Still Get Periods After a Bilateral Salpingectomy?
Bilateral salpingectomy procedures remove both fallopian tubes. Your fallopian tubes are hollow structures through which eggs travel from the ovaries to the uterus. They are not responsible for menstruation. Rather, menstruation happens when you shed the lining of your uterus through your vagina. For that reason, you will continue to get your periods after bilateral salpingectomies. Removing your tubes does not change your periods.
Should I Remove My Essure Permanent Birth Control?
A fallopian tube occlusion device known as Essure was a permanent birth control method that involved placing coil inserts in your fallopian tubes. Over time, a barrier would develop around the inserts, blocking your tubes. However, Essure was taken off the market in 2018. If you are still using it successfully, you can continue to do so. If you are having problems from your Essure coils, Essure removal is available. Schedule a consultation with our experienced doctors to make an informed decision about Essure removal near Dayton, Ohio.
Can Permanent Birth Control Be Reversed?
Since permanent birth control is intended to be permanent, it is typically irreversible. However, essure removal is also possible.
Will A Patient Ever Be Denied Permanent Birth Control?
There is a higher chance of sterilization regret when patients are younger or have fewer children. This causes many gynecologists to refuse or at least discourage before age 25 and alternatively encourage LARC, long acting reversible contraceptive therapy. The rate of regret is greater than 40% in women who underwent sterilization in ages 18-24 years old.
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