Despite the many stigmas it may hold in the public eye, female sterilization is not what it once was. It’s not a punishment or something that is performed without consent. Rather, it’s an effective method of birth control that can negate the use of hormonal medications for women who no longer wish to have the possibility of pregnancy anywhere in their future.
Naturally enough, as many women reach a point in their lives when they no longer want to have to think about having children, they may begin to wonder: What is sterilization, and is it even safe? Really, female sterilization can refer to a number of procedures, all of which have been greatly improved upon to increase their efficiency, minimize downtime, and lower the risks involved. While one of the sterilization procedures available, called a hysterotopic sterilization, requires no incision, all of the other commonly practiced types of sterilization do require an incision of some kind.
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So just what is this method of female sterilization that requires no incision, and is it effective? For women who are afraid of undergoing surgery of any kind, this option, called Essure, is extremely beneficial. In addition, its proven efficacy makes it even more attractive as an option over other methods. The Essure procedure also requires no general anesthesia, no hospitalization, and requires little to no downtime. During the procedure itself, a tiny insert is placed into each of the fallopian tubes, which will then cause natural tissue to develop and block the tubes. Once fully blocked, there is no possibility of pregnancy.
Other sterilization procedures that are more widely known include tubal ligation and hysterectomy. Sterilization using tubal ligation is basically a surgical procedure during which a surgeon ties and cuts the fallopian tubes so that sperm is blocked from reaching and fertilizing eggs. This can be done during a laparoscopy or other type of minimally invasive surgery and generally carries less risk for complication than a hysterectomy, which actually removes all or part of the uterus, thereby preventing pregnancy.
At Coyle Institute, we have years of experience in performing all types of female sterilization procedures and can offer advice on the best possible methods for each specific case. We want our patients to feel at ease in their decision and know that their health is in the very best hands.
Don’t let common misconceptions stand in the way of being fully informed! Call the caring team at Coyle Institute to schedule a consultation and learn more today!