Is Permanent Birth Control Right for You?

Are you done having children? Are you sure? If so, permanent birth control may be the right option for you. Permanent birth control is more effective than most temporary methods and is the birth control method of choice for a third of all women.

The effectiveness of preventing pregnancy is one of the top reasons women consider permanent birth control. But there are other factors involved in the decision, too, so you may want to discuss your thoughts and options during your next visit at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton.  

Things to consider before permanent birth control

Permanent birth control is the second most common form of birth control. The vast majority of women are happy with their decision to be done with birth control forever. While only a small percentage of women regret their decision, it’s still important to think it through carefully.

The first step is to come to terms with is whether you’re definitely finished having children. To help you make a decision, think through these questions:

If you’re sure that your family is complete, other things to consider are:

Permanent Birth Control Options

A survey on birth control found that the majority of women are not aware of their permanent birth control options, also referred to as sterilization. There are many pros and cons to permanent birth control. It’s important to discuss them with your healthcare professional so that you understand your options.

The two types of permanent birth control include surgical and nonsurgical.


This type of surgery has a few names: tubal ligation, tubal sterilization, surgical sterilization, and “getting your tubes tied.” In this surgery, one of our experienced GYN’s at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton cuts, ties, or seals off your fallopian tubes so that the egg can’t travel to the uterus to meet with sperm.


During this type of procedure, called the Essure® method or hysteroscopic sterilization, our leading providers at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton, inserts small, flexible implants to block your fallopian tubes. Over the course of three months, scar tissue builds up around these inserts, permanently blocking your fallopian tubes.

Both methods of permanent birth control don’t require hormones and don’t interfere with your normal menstrual cycles or sex drive. Your ovaries continue to produce eggs, but those unfertilized eggs will never meet with your partner’s sperm. Additionally, these methods do not bring on early menopause.

If you’d like to see Dr. Maria Sophocles or Dr. Shyama Mathews , please give the office a call at 609-430-1900, or click here on the website to book yourself an appointment.

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