It's My Body and I'll Tie if I Want To

When we found out we were pregnant with this baby, Mark's immediate reaction was to declare his intentions on getting a vasectomy. While he loves me and loves our children, he does NOT love pregnancy's effect on his wife - neither physical  nor psychological. While initially we both were on the same page with how many children we wanted (we discussed it in depth on our first date), after Pip was born, he admitted that he was a little nervous to have any more....more
I am on the same page as you expect my husband doesn't want to go get snipped. He's paranoid ...more

My Tubal Ligation Journey Begins

A tubal ligation “journey”!? Yes I will call it that. I mean have you ever typed tubal ligation into Google!? Good grief! Is there anyone who loves it since having it done? Are there any satisfied customers? No really, I am having a hard time finding any “good” stories! All I can find is posts on PTLS (Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome)  and every other side effect or problem people have had. Which is great and informative if that is the info I am looking for, but it isn’t....more

Yes, I'm Sure

This shit hurts.  The gas, bloating, sore incisions.  It hurts.  Trying to get comfortable to sleep, taking steps to the bathroom, putting clothes on.  It all hurts.  No this isn't the hurt of childbirth, but instead the exact opposite.  This is the pain from getting my tubes tied last week.  But, I would do it all over again because this hurt is accompanied by freedom.  Freedom to have sex with my husband without worrying about an "oops".  Freedom to know that in about 13 years I can set off on a trip around the world....more
@Jill Williams Palumbo Just do you and enjoy the unshared time you get to spend with your son.more

The Choice~IVF or Tubal Reversal Surgery

Of course the title of “The Choice-IVF or Tubal Reversal Surgery” looks simple. Now if only answering that question after having a tubal ligation and now wanting a baby could be that simple.   This is something that many women struggle with each and everyday. The choice is not easy as there is a ton of information to be found on IVF but what about tubal ligation reversal surgery? What are the pregnancy statistics for both treatments? Of course there is no guarantee for either. Surgeons are trained to do what they do but they are not God. They can do their best but cannot give guarantees because everyone is different and no two bodies are the same.   Recently, Dr. Gary Berger of Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center published the results of the largest tubal reversal surgery pregnancy report ever conducted. Pregnancy Report 2009 gives the pregnancy statistics on over 5000 tubal reversal surgery patients and the results are uplifting to say the least. Not only is tubal reversal surgery less expensive than IVF but also the pregnancy rates are better.   Dr. Berger and Dr. Monteith perform the surgery as an outpatient procedure and tubal reversal patients are up and moving around an hour later if not sooner. Pain is minimal due to the microsurgery techniques that the surgeons use. Finally, answers to the long questioned debate.       ...more

Getting My Tubes Tied... Curiosity

Alrighty - so here it is. I'm 33 weeks pregnant with my second child, and my husband and I are talking about getting my tubes tied. The issue isn't getting it done vs. not getting it done - that's not up for discussion here. My issue is just getting information on it. Does it hurt? Is the recovery time long or difficult? Will they put me under for it, or am I going to be awake? ...more

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Wendy, The Totally Desperate ...more

Women's Health News: Placentophagy, Adiana and Grooming for your Gyno

It's been a long week and I'm a little behind on my blog reading and news surfing so I decided to surf while TW and RJ are busy in the kitchen with fudge making and cookie baking. No sense in mopping kitchen floors before the two of them finish... messier women you've never met. Heh. So anyway, I was surfing and it appears to be my lucky day - everything interesting is GYN related! I'm loving Rachel's post about grooming for your GYN appointment. ...more

But in answer to the grooming question - I think it's important that you're clean down there. ...more