Friday, October 7, 2016

Post Partum sterilization


Dr. Max Izbicki Chicago Il OB/GYN provides a full spectrum of obstetric and gynecologic care, including postpartum sterilization. Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control. Sterilization for women is called tubal sterilization. In tubal sterilization, the fallopian tubes are closed off or removed. Tubal sterilization prevents the egg from moving down the fallopian tube to the uterus and keeps the sperm from reaching the egg. Women who have just given birth are eligible for a special type of sterilization that can be done the same day or the day after the birth called post partum sterilization. After a woman gives birth, the fallopian tubes and the uterus are still-enlarge and are located just under the abdominal wall below the navel. For women who have had a cesarean delivery, it is done right after the baby is born. For women who have not recently given birth a different technique is utilized.

For women who have had a vaginal delivery, post partum sterilization is performed by making a small incision in the abdomen (a procedure called minilaparotomy). For women who have had a c-section, postpartum sterilization can be done through the same abdominal incision that was made for delivery of the baby. The fallopian tubes are brought up through the incision. The tubes are cut and closed with special thread or removed completely. The incision below the navel is closed with stitches and a bandage.

Patient’s feel no pain during the procedure. The type of anesthesia used for the delivery can be used for postpartum sterilization. Types of anesthesia used include epidural, spinal, and general anesthesia. Medication is given to keep patients in minimal pain afterward. The operation takes about 30 minutes. Having it done soon after childbirth usually does not make your hospital stay any longer.

In general, sterilization is a safe form of birth control. It has a low risk of complications. The most common complications are those that are related to general anesthesia. Other risks include bleeding and infection. Side effects after surgery vary and may depend on the type of anesthesia used and the way the surgery is performed. Dizziness, nausea, shoulder pain, abdominal cramps a gassy or bloated feeling are common side effects but are usually minor.

You should avoid making this choice during times of stress (such as during a divorce). You also should not make this choice under pressure from a partner or others. Research shows that women younger than 30 years are more likely than older women to regret having the procedure. If there are serious problems or complications with the baby, you may want to think about postponing postpartum sterilization. If you choose to have sterilization and you change your mind after the operation, attempts to reverse it may not work. After tubal sterilization is reversed, many women still are not able to get pregnant. Also, the risk of problems, such as a such as a tubal pregnancy, is increased. Finally, long acting reversible contraceptives are an alternative to sterilization.

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