Birth Control & Sterilization

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Women from Shreveport area who want to take control of their reproductive systems can seek treatment from Dr. Vanderloos. She can provide a variety of options including different kinds of birth control and sterilization procedures.

What are birth control options available?

Dr. Vanderloos provides a number birth control options including birth control pills, diaphragms, IUDs, and implants. Plus, there are permanent options like tubal ligation. The option that’s right for you will depend on lots of factors, including your personal preferences, plans and lifestyle habits. During your office visit, you will have a chance to learn about all your options so you can feel confident in the choice you make. Dr. Vanderloos can provide information and advice on the wide variety of options available. She will ask you a lot of questions about your overall health, plans for having a family now or in the future, and about birth control methods you have used in the past.

What is Sterilization?

Female sterilization is a permanent way to avoid pregnancy by blocking the fallopian tubes. This procedure can be a surgical or nonsurgical procedure. The surgical option is known as tubal ligation or “getting your tubes tied.” Dr. Vanderloos usually performs this option laparoscopically. This is a minimally invasive form of surgery where the tubes are cut or sealed through a small incision in the abdomen. The laparoscopic tubal ligation usually has faster recovery times and less risk of scarring than traditional open surgery. The non-surgical form of sterilization involves the placement of small coils in the fallopian tubes. This procedure is known by its brand name, Essure, and is done manually, with the doctor accessing the tubes through the vagina. Sterilization is very effective with the surgical options being effective immediately. Essure takes about three months to be fully effective.

What are the benefits of sterilization?

Sterilization is an option for women who are certain that they have completed their families. Getting your tubes tied or blocked does not remove the uterus so the body will still produce regular hormones so your body will not have any unwanted side effects. You will still menstruate. There should not be any changes to your libido or sexual activity.

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