Birth control is a way to prevent pregnancy temporarily, but sterilization is a more permanent option. At LoneStar Clinic in Sulphur Springs and Rockwall, Texas, Tiffany Gebel, MD, FACOG, and the team provide sterilization surgeries for men and women. To find out more about sterilization for yourself or your partner, call LoneStar Clinic, or book an appointment online today.
Sterilization is a surgical procedure to make it so that you either can no longer get pregnant or you can no longer get someone else pregnant. Men’s and women’s sterilization surgeries work differently because their reproductive organs are different.
At LoneStar Clinic, the team provides sterilization surgery for both men and women with appropriate options for anesthesia. They answer your questions about your surgery and can help you plan for a successful procedure.
Women’s sterilization surgery is also called tubal ligation. Your fallopian tubes connect your uterus to your ovaries and provide a pathway for your eggs to enter your uterus. During tubal ligation, your surgeon ties off, blocks, or cuts these tubes so that your eggs can’t travel down them, and the sperm can’t reach the eggs.
Contrary to what you might think, tubal ligation is reversible with a second operation. Between 50% and 80% of women who reattach their fallopian tubes are then able to get pregnant. However, if you plan on becoming pregnant in the future, you may wish to consider other forms of birth control before sterilization.
Sterilization for men is a procedure called a vasectomy. Your vas deferens are tubes that carry sperm out of your testicles. During a vasectomy, your surgeon uses a small incision to access your vas deferens. They either tie them, cut them, or block them in some way to prevent sperm from leaving your testicles to become part of your semen.
As a result of your sterilization procedure, you have little or no chance of getting your sexual partner pregnant. Vasectomy is considered safer for men than tubal ligation is for women, so this is often a preferable option for couples. You may be able to reverse your vasectomy with a second surgery in the future if you change your mind about fatherhood.
Sterilization is one of the most effective and permanent ways to prevent pregnancy, but it isn’t the best choice for every individual. You or your partner should consider sterilization if:
Things change, so sterilization might not be your ideal option for contraception if there’s a possibility you’ll have future sexual partners and might consider pregnancy.
To learn more about sterilization procedures, call LoneStar Clinic, or book an appointment online today.