January 13: Permanent Birth Control Options

VWC Rmom logoThe majority of birth control options available – pills, implants, injections, rings, patches and IUDs – serve as temporary solutions for contraception, meaning that at any time, women can choose to discontinue use and have a chance of becoming pregnant in the future. Some women, who are certain that they do not wish to have any (or more) children, may consider different options for permanent birth control.

Also referred to as sterilization, permanent birth control procedures in women close off the fallopian tubes. These procedures ensure that the egg cannot move down the fallopian tubes into the uterus and that sperm cannot reach the egg. Sterilization procedures do not affect a woman’s menstrual cycle or sexual function. In addition, the procedures do not protect women from sexually transmitted diseases.

Learn more about the permanent birth control options that are available, including one that can be performed in our offices at this link.

Weekly Health Tips provided by Virginia Women’s Center