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Tubal Ligation

concept
In a surgical procedure, a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked or cut so that sperm and egg cannot unite.

success rate
Less than one woman in 100 will become pregnant in a year.

groovy part
It’s a permanent form of birth control; there are no lasting side effects.

drag factor
Offers no protection against STDs, including HIV; if the procedure fails, there’s an increased chance of tubal (ectopic) pregnancy (a dangerous situation in which a fertilized egg starts to develop in one of the fallopian tubes). Although it may be possible for the surgery to be reversed if a woman decides she wants to have another child, it’s complicated, expensive, and doesn’t always succeed. That’s why the procedure is recommended only for women who have all the children they want, or who are absolutely sure they don’t ever want to have children.

how to get it
Talk to your health care provider; the cost is expensive, and depends on where you have the procedure done and how much your insurance will cover.


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