If you are done having children, sterilization is a permanent way to prevent pregnancy. The doctor can perform a tubal ligation as an outpatient procedure. Many women that are done having children choose to be sterilized. If you think sterilization is an option for you, talk to the doctor about it at your next visit.
What is Sterilization?
Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control. The doctor will perform a tubal ligation in an outpatient surgery. This means the doctor will cut and tie your fallopian tubes. Doing this will prevent any sperm from reaching the eggs released by your ovaries because the fallopian tube is cut and blocked.
Will My Insurance Cover Sterilization?
Many insurances cover sterilization. If you want to know if you insurance covers sterilization, call your insurance company. Most medicaid plans cover sterilization.
Why do I have to Sign a Sterilization Form?
If you have medicaid, you need to sign a sterilization form 30 days before the sterilization procedure. Since sterilization is a permanent form of birth control, it is necessary for you to be sure that you want the procedure done. This 30 days allows you the ability to think about the procedure and determine whether sterilization is what you want.
How do I Schedule a Sterilization?
Once you have signed the form, the office manager can call the hospital to schedule your sterilization. Sterilization can be done as an outpatient procedure. You will be scheduled based on the availability of the hospital.
Can I Get Sterilized at the Time of Delivery?
If you are having a baby, and will have a cesarean section, it may be possible to be sterilized at the time of delivery. Please speak with the doctor to let him know this is what you plan to do. Your insurance may need a prior authorization to have this done as an inpatient procedure at the time of your delivery. The office needs to know in advance that this is your plan so that the proper authorizations can be obtained. It may also be possible to do the sterilization while you are in the hospital after a vaginal delivery. Please let the doctor know your wishes, so that the proper authorization can be obtained.