Permanent birth control options are suitable if you and your partner have decided not to have more children, do not want children, or prefer adoption. There are a couple of options for permanent Las Vegas birth control. However, before you decide on the method for controlling birth permanently, understand that attempting reversal of the procedure is often problematic. Therefore, before stopping your ability to get pregnant or impregnate permanently, think hard about your desire to have kids in the future and extensively consult with your doctor.
For permanent birth control, you may choose a surgical or non-surgical procedure. One standard surgical procedure is tubal ligation or sterilization, which involves permanently closing, cutting, tying, banding, or removing fallopian tubes. Another option is Essure sterilization, involving your healthcare giver using a tiny metal coil in your oviducts to induce the thickening of its tissue and blockage. For men, you can undergo vasectomy, which cuts and seals the tubes transporting sperm from your testicles.
Subsequently, below are a few things you can expect after a procedure for permanent birth control.
Immediately after the procedure
You have a high chance of returning home after a lasting birth control treatment. You may have to rest a bit in the clinic or treatment center so that the healthcare team can monitor if there are any health complications arising that need immediate attention.
Because of the pain and the numbing feeling, it is better to have someone to drive you home and help you if there is a need. Your doctor will prescribe medications to relieve the discomfort you are experiencing.
Your doctor will recommend that you return to your daily activities after resting for a few days. However, you will have to avoid sex and exposing your vagina to anything for about three weeks.
The side effects of permanent birth control procedures are rare. For instance, out of 2,000 treatments, you may only have two cases with severe side effects. Potential severe complications may include damaged organs adjacent to the incision area, bleeding, and infection.
Effect on menstruation
The existing research suggests that your menstruation cycles may be shorter after a permanent procedure to avoid pregnancy. Therefore, you experience less discomfort and bleeding.
But, it is also possible that your menstruation cycle may become more irregular after permanently controlling your ability to get pregnant. Moreover, you may realize changes after you stop using hormonal contraceptives.
The possibility of pregnancy
The various ways of permanently preventing pregnancy may not always be 100% effective. About 1% of people who use permanent methods for pregnancy prevention may still get pregnant. And in such a situation, there is a higher risk of extrauterine pregnancy, which involves a fertilized egg attaching itself outside your womb (uterus).
Without quick intervention, an extrauterine pregnancy may lead to the fallopian tube bursting. As a result, you have severe loss of blood that threatens your life. The damage your oviducts or uterine tubes suffer may also not allow you to become pregnant in the future.
Contact Darin Swainston, MD, FACOG, today to learn more about temporary and permanent birth control options.