Questions to Ask Your Doctor if You are Considering Permanent Birth Control

For some women, permanent birth control is the best option to guarantee that they will not have any more children. However as the name explains, permanent birth control is, well, permanent. In very few cases are these procedures reversible. Before you make the decision to go with a permanent option, you will want to ask your doctor all of the right questions. Be sure you know everything you need to about the procedure before you make a decision.

Below are a few questions that you should ask your doctor before you make your decision.

General Questions

  • What are my options for permanent birth control?
  • Is a permanent option the right one for me?
  • Are there other options that I should consider before I make the decision?
  • What type of birth control, permanent or nonpermanent, would you recommend?

Ask these questions in the beginning. They will give you a good starting place to determining if permanent birth control is the right choice for you.

Tubal Ligation and Implant Birth Control

Tubal ligation is a common procedure in which the fallopian tubes are tied so that the eggs cannot travel to the uterus. Permanent implant birth control includes placing specialty material in the fallopian tubes so that scar tissue will form and completely block the tubes.

  • Should I consider tubal ligation or permanent implant birth control?
  • What are the risks to each of these surgical procedures?
  • Are both of the procedures always successful? If not, what is the failure rate?
  • How do you go about each of the procedures?
  • What type of recovery can I expect from the procedures?
  • What are the benefits to choosing one of these procedures?
  • Would you recommend one of these to me as my own permanent birth control method?

 

Emotional Factors

The most important thing to remember is that permanent birth control methods should only be chosen if you absolutely know that you never want to have children. There are emotional factors to consider. How will you handle it if you change your mind at a later date and wish to have children? Consider all of the ramifications of the birth control that you are choosing before you go through with any procedure.

Permanent birth control could be the right option for you since it completely cuts out your chances of becoming pregnant at a later date. Make sure to ask all of the questions above when you talk to your doctor to help you make the right choice.