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Fertil Steril. 2000 Nov;74(5):892-8.

Requesting information about and obtaining reversal after tubal sterilization: findings from the U.S. Collaborative Review of Sterilization.

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  • 1Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), Division of Applied Public Health Training, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the cumulative probabilities over 14 y of requesting information on sterilization reversal and of obtaining a reversal and to identify risk factors observable at sterilization for both measures of regret.

DESIGN:

The U.S. Collaborative Review of Sterilization, a prospective cohort study.

SETTING:

Fifteen medical centers in 9 cities.

PATIENT(S):

11,232 women.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Cumulative probabilities of requesting information on reversal and undergoing reversal.

RESULT(S):

The 14-y cumulative probability of requesting reversal information was 14.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 12.4%-16.3%). Among women aged 18 to 24 y at sterilization, the cumulative probability was 40.4% (95% CI, 31.6%-49.2%). Women aged 18 to 24 y were almost 4 times as likely to request reversal information as were women > or = 30 years of age (adjusted rate ratio [RR], 3.5; 95% CI, 2.8-4.4). Number of living children was not associated with requesting reversal information. The overall cumulative probability of obtaining reversal was 1.1% (95% CI, 0.5-1.6). Younger women (18 to 30 y) were more likely to obtain reversal (RR, 7.6; 95% CI, 3.2-18.3).

CONCLUSION(S):

Women who were sterilized at a young age had a high chance of later requesting information about reversal, regardless of their number of living children.

PMID:
11056229
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