A tubal ligation procedure is a permanent form of female birth control. Also referred to as sterilization, the procedure isn’t intended to be reversible and is normally only offered to women who are certain that they don’t want to become pregnant.
Tubal ligations are a laparoscopic procedure that’s performed through three small incisions in the abdomen. During the procedure, Dr. Roberts will “tie” or cauterize the woman's tubes so that the eggs can’t be released during ovulation. This permanently seals the tubes, eliminating the chances of an unwanted pregnancy.
The Nexplanon implant is a small device that’s implanted in the fleshy portion of the upper arm. Dr. Roberts will make a small incision and place the implant on the underside of the arm, where it can't be seen or felt. The device is approximately 4 cm in length and is extremely flexible, allowing it to move with the tissues of the arm and reduce any type of discomfort. The implant continually releases a small amount of progestin hormone and can remain in place for up to 3 years. The best part of it all is that it’s completely reversible, and can be removed at any time without any adverse effects.
IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are effective forms of birth control that consist of a small, T-shaped device that’s inserted into the uterus. The device is made from either plastic or copper and, depending on the type used, can be left in place for 5-10 years.
The main risks associated with the use of IUDs is that they can shift within the uterus or get dislodged. If the device becomes dislodged, it can perforate the uterine lining or cause abnormal menstrual problems. When an IUD is in place, it’s important to visit Dr. Robert's office on a regular basis to ensure that it’s working correctly. If any problems occur, the patient should call Dr. Roberts immediately.
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