With the recent Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade a lot of misinformation has been spread in regards to ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages. Not only that but many women are afraid they may lose access to birth control. In this frantic state, young women have been seeking out other alternatives to prevent pregnancy with the biggest one being sterilization. Sterilization involves severing or sealing the Fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy and it is not easily reversible.
OB-GYN’s have noticed an increase in young women seeking out or showing interest in sterilization since Roe v Wade was overturned. There are some doctors that refuse to perform the procedure on younger women as statistics show up to 26% regret the decision later in life. Sterilization is more common with married women and only roughly 4% of women in their 20s get it done.
With all this being said I cannot help but wonder if these women really understand what they are doing. Yes, right now in their 20s they don’t think they want children because of social aspects, careers or whatever it may be. But what’s to say down the road, when they met their perfect person, they wouldn’t change their mind. I feel sterilization is a very extreme measure to prevent a pregnancy and is one that is very hard to reverse. I’m thankful there are doctors out there that are providing women with all the information prior to making this life altering decision.
If you are considering sterilization, it is highly recommended to do your own research before committing.