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The highest degree of contraceptive protection currently available short of absolute abstinence is found in the use of surgical procedures to prevent pregnancy (sterilization). The popularity of these operations for both men and women has increased considerably in America in the last fifteen years. One recent estimate indicates that among all married American couples, about

one-quarter will use sterilization within two years after the birth of their last wanted child and by ten years after their last child, more than half will undergo sterilization.

Sterilization procedures are appealing because they are safe, effective, and permanent. Their permanence can be a drawback, however, if there is a change in feelings or circumstances (e.g., death of a child or spouse, divorce) that leads a person to want more children. Although there is some possibility of reversing the sterilization, these procedures are far from guaranteed. Anyone thinking about sterilization as a method of birth control should thoroughly consider its probable irreversibility. One way of retaining the option to reproduce after male sterilization is to use a sperm bank to store several samples of frozen semen produced before sterilization. If reproduction becomes desirable at a later time, the semen samples are thawed and used in artificial insemination.


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