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1 in 200 women still get pregnant after sterilisation???

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LadyAntonella · 24/05/2016 14:44

Sorry for weird looking link - I'm on my phone.

Is this true?? 1 in 200 women fall pregnant after sterilisation? That's awful! Surely it would be easier just to remove the whole ovary or tube to be sure? I'm not a doctor (can you tell Grin), so maybe (probably) I'm misunderstanding.

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Ihatechoosingnames · 24/05/2016 14:48

Removing the ovaries would induce the menopause, so that's why they don't do that.

I didn't know of the 1 in 200 getting pregnant after sterilisation, seems a lot!

chantico · 24/05/2016 14:52

It doesn't mean quite exactly that.

It means that for every 100 couples relying on it, there will be one unintended pregnancy every two years.

It seems more likely to fail if your tubes are clipped (rather than severed, turned back and stitched shut), especially if clips are placed during a c-section.

LadyAntonella · 24/05/2016 15:02

Thanks, it still seems a lot I think?

Vasectomy looks a lot more reliable (1 in 2,000) - again I'm probably not understanding fully, but that's just not fair! Wink.

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scaevola · 18/06/2016 15:18

The fail rates of implant and mirena are similar to that of vasectomy, if you are the lowest failure methods.

Surgery really is only for when you are sure your family is complete, so a long-acting reversible method might be one to go for is you're not quite ready for that finality.

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