Why are rates of sterilization in decline? A pilot study designed to explore reasons for declining female sterilization in Scotland

Zhong E Chen, Anna Glasier, Pamela Warner

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Abstract

In the last decade, female sterilization had been in decline throughout the UK. It is not clear whether fewer women are requesting sterilization or whether the universal enthusiasm for long-acting reversible methods is leading health professionals to discourage women from being sterilized. Since correct and consistent use of alternative, reversible contraceptive methods depends somewhat on their acceptability, it is important to determine whether women are being refused sterilization or whether they are freely choosing other methods. This study aims to explore whether female sterilization is being widely considered as a contraceptive method, the reasons for choosing or rejecting it, and whether women are being discouraged by health professionals from being sterilized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-14
Number of pages6
JournalContraception
Volume78
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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