Advice on which permanent birth control is safer.

Rebecca - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




I'm planing another child in the next couple of months but I want this to be our last one. I've put a vasectomy on the table for my husband... we can all guess what the answer was!!!

I want to know what birth control have you used and what side effects have you experienced? Have any of you had cancer after having it? or known of anyone? I'm paranoid I know :)

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Renee - posted on 05/08/2010




There is the new Essure procedure for women. It's a regular OB-GYN appointment that takes 30 minutes, no downtime. No hormones either. It's permanent so think long and hard if you want more kids.

Kelly - posted on 05/08/2010




I had a copper T IUD (contains no hormones) inserted first time. No side effects and no issues of cancer etc that I could find research to support. After my second chld I have had a Marina IUD inserted (contains low level hormones). Since insertione end of Feburary i have not stopped spotting. Every day i am having to wear a panty liner. Periods are not as heavy though. I will be going to have my current IUD changed back to the COpper T. For me they have been 100% effective.

Iridescent - posted on 05/07/2010




My husband had a vasectomy, which didn't work. So when we're ready for SURE, it'll be Essure. Only type that is 100%, and no side effects other than becoming infertile, as desired.

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2010




Vasectomy. No side effects. Minimal pain - hubby had it done on Friday morning and was back working on Monday. Totally successful (well, nothing is swimming, I am not pregnant). It has been 4 1/2 years and we are 100% happy with the decision. Sex life awesome because neither of us worries about me getting pregnant, it makes for a very relaxed sex life :)

And you are right, it is safer, because it only involves a local anaesthetic, as opposed to a general. It is also just done in the doctor's office, in a 1/2 hour appointment (make sure it is a professional at vasectomies). My husband only had pain killers when he first left the doctor's office, and it wasn't necessary after that. A bag of peas was all that was needed to ease the discomfort.

We did a lot of research too, and with regard to reliability, vasectomy is also the most reliable - 1 in 2,000 get pregnant again. This far outweights tubal ligation, which is 1 in 200-300.

With regard to your question about cancer, nothing obvious here. But my father also had a vasectomy, and yes, he has had cancer, but I don't believe it had anything to do with the vasectomy, because it was lymphoma - with the cancer being in a lymph node in his neck.

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