When you’re sure you don’t want to have any more children – or don’t want any to begin with – it’s time to discuss permanent contraception options with your doctor.
First, you need to be sure this is the right choice for you. Considerations might include your age, financial status, relationship status, health, and family dynamics.
Then, decide which method of permanent contraception is the best fit. For a nonsurgical female option, a physician can insert a small barrier into each fallopian tube, which then will form a natural stoppage after three months to block the tubes. This can be done right in a doctor’s office, with only a local anesthetic if needed. Your physician will need to ensure the contraception is effective at a three-month follow-up visit.
For surgical options, a woman can also have minor surgery to close the fallopian tubes through either burning shut or severing and closing them. Performed in a hospital, the surgery requires general anesthesia.
With either of these steps, a woman’s menstrual cycle and hormones will remain unchanged – your sex drive will continue as before, and menopause will not begin earlier.
For a male, a vasectomy can be performed in a doctor’s office. The procedure will sever the tube that sperm travel from the testicles in, and then close it off. A man will continue to ejaculate, but the semen will no longer contain sperm.
Even if you aren’t completely positive that you are finished having children, there are some longer term contraception methods that may suit your lifestyle. Give us a call at 717-840-9885, or fill out this form for someone to contact you.
Dr. Julie Drolet
Dr. Julie Drolet
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