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I know a vasectomy is much less invasive, but my husband is not ready to go there. What are your thoughts about TL? Are there any additional possibilities for complications/side effects for women who had a c-section? Thanks!

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Would you consider an IUD as an alternative? Lasts between 5 to 10 years and gives you good contraception while waiting for dh to be ready.

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I am no expert, I can share what I know/ think. I know that its very difficult to reverse, so you need to be very sure. I don't think there are complications. There is a rare chance of ectopic pregnancy. I don't think that there any addition complications if you have had a c-section. I had a TL during my second c-section, and neither my midwives or OB mentioned complications. They just stressed how difficult it is to reverse.
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http://www.tubal.org/
this site gives loads of info, good place to start
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I remember a few years ago an MDC mama going through menopause at 20-something after her tubal. Her baby was only a few months old, she lost her milk, it was very sad.
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Thanks for the link. I found a similar site and made up my mind that TL is not for me. And I finally got my post-preg hormones in balance, so I don't need any chances of going there again...

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http://www.tubal.org/
this site gives loads of info, good place to start

Defenestrator, I am considering an IUD instead. I did a little online reading, and just want to double check that there are no hormonal side effects with the copper one (I would not go with the Mirena). At least it can be removed if I hate it. Anyone know numbers on the ectopic pregnancy risk with the copper IUD, or if there are added risks from a c-sec?

Paquerette--yikes! The possibility of losing my milk is one of the biggest factors in my fear of getting pregnant right now.

Thanks so much for the responses!
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Having known women who have had this done, I would never even consider it. If my DH were too much of a baby for a V I'd make him wear condoms.

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We are expecting our second child in August and will probably be our last.

We can't decide what to do for permanent birth control. A tubal doesn't appeal to me and it seems vasectomies can cause issues, too (I wish there was more research on both):

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-vmp021207.php

I know the study was very limited. I guess I've always wished we had a little button we could push when we were ready to have kids and another we could push when we were done.
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