Posted by: Totalini | 2005/11/22

I dont want another baby

Hi Doc

I have one child and i dont want another one, I will not be able to afford another child can i get sterilised and is it expensive, do i have to have an op? Is the loop safe i am tired of taking contraceptive tablets and sometimes i forget. i am 28 years old. Help

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Dear Totalini

It is my advise that based on your age, and the fact that you have only one child, you do not sterilise as this should be regarded as a permanent method of contraception.
It is quite often the case, that after several years of sterilisation, people change their minds about faling pregnant and it becomes extremely difficult -if not impossible - for them to conceive. Almost all sterilisation procedures require some form of surgical intervention.
The use of intra- uterine contraceptive devices (IUCD or loop) is relatively safe, in more-especially the recent introduction of MIRENA, which is a hormone impregnated IUCD. As an alternative, you could also use the new contraceptive trans-dermal patch which is applied on the skin on a once a week basis and is far more easier to remeber to use. Compliance is therefore much better and the contraction efficacy is as good as using an oral contraceptive.

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