Sterilization such as a vasectomy or tubectomy is a permanent contraception. If you have been sterilized, you don't have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy anymore. You can also have sexual relations whenever and wherever you want. This sterilization procedure is about 98-99.8% effective, depending on the method. Permanent birth control is more effective than the usual method of controlling pregnancy, especially barrier methods such as condoms and diaphragms. However, before you plan to do a permanent birth control method, it's good to see the following information.
What you need to do before deciding to sterilize
Sterilization is a permanent form of contraception that is very effective in preventing pregnancy. However, it will be difficult to return to its original state if you suddenly change your mind. In addition, this permanent family planning does not protect you from venereal disease. Both men and women can be sterilized. Here are some things you must do before you do this permanent contraceptive method:
1. Talk to a health professional
Determining whether you are ready to undergo sterilization is an important decision. Of the majority of women surveyed interested in being sterilized, only less than a quarter of women have discussed the topic with health professionals. For those of you who haven't done it, here are a few tips for talking to your health professional:
- When making a doctor's appointment, let them know that you want to discuss the choice of permanent contraception, so that you have enough time to discuss it.
- Bring a list of questions for your meeting with your doctor, so you can guide the conversation.
- Let your doctor know what is most important to you when you hear your choice.
- Record the doctor's response.
- If you don't understand your doctor's response, keep asking questions until you understand.
- Ask your doctor to write down information or provide physical information that you can bring home.
2. Is sterilization your choice?
Your readiness to sterilize will depend a lot on the circumstances of your life. Here are some questions to reflect on your choice:
- Do I not want to have more children?
- Do I want to undergo sterilization?
- Will I be satisfied with the effectiveness of this contraception?
- Am I constantly worried about an unwanted pregnancy?
- Am I comfortable using birth control pills?
- Do I want a contraceptive that doesn't worry me anymore?
- Is my partner sure that he doesn't want a pregnancy in the future?
- Do I consider this only because my partner wants it?
- If things change, for example my marital status, is it possible for me to want a pregnancy?
- Do I have a medical problem that makes my pregnancy unsafe?
- Have I discussed all my decisions with a health professional?
3. How do you know that you don't want to have children?
Women consider many factors when making decisions about not wanting to have children. Age is the most frequent factor in the decision, followed by the financial situation and number of children desired. What's more, most of the women surveyed expressed satisfaction or happiness about the decisions that had been made. Only 9% feel sorry, and that is often associated with their life problems. Therefore, it is important to consider what happens in your life when you have a decision. Some things that might happen when you postpone this family planning decision can include the following:
- If you are young, you might decide to have more children in the future. Remember that sterilization cannot be returned.
- If you have just divorced or are in an unstable marriage, avoid making a big decision during this most confusing time.
- If your life situation changes. The most common factor associated with regret is a change in marital status.
- If you have just given birth. During this time, you can feel many different things, which can change your decision in the next few months.
If you have difficulty controlling your mind, consider counseling, either alone or with your partner. Talking about your problem will be very helpful.
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