Demand for contraceptives increases among women following the Roe v. calf

SAN ANTONIO – Some women fear the US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion could jeopardize other reproductive treatments in the future. Doctors are concerned too.

In a statement released by the American College of Physicians, Dr. Ryan D. Mire: “By undermining the constitutional right to privacy, the decision has the potential to limit patients’ ability to access contraceptive or fertility treatments in some states, or threaten other constitutional privacy provisions.”

Since the verdict, doctors, including Dr. Christina Gutierrez that more women had asked about contraceptive options.

“At least in my practice, it’s been my experience that we’re using far more IUDs and contraceptive implants than I would say compared to that period of a year or two ago,” said Gutierrez, OBGYN physician at Acacia OB/GYN. Part of St Luke’s Baptist Hospital.

There are different types of birth control methods including pills, condoms, IUDs and implants, as well as male and female sterilization.

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Female sterilization refers to tubal ligation, or “tubes tied,” a surgical procedure that permanently prevents pregnancy.

“In fact, tying off the tubes is the most common form of birth control. It’s not reversible,” Gutierrez said.

According to Gutierrez, women as young as 21 qualify for the procedure.

“The youngest is 21, which is very young,” Gutierrez said. “It’s unusual for someone so young to come up and ask for a tubal ligation for professionals.”

In the past few weeks, thousands of women have taken to social media to share their doctor’s hesitation or refusal to have a tubal ligation. Many have cited their doctor and pushed for other forms of birth control instead.

For ethical reasons, a doctor cannot decline the procedure without stating medical concerns, but he can encourage the patient to consider all contraceptive options.

“The biggest risk (of a tubal ligation) is the risk of regret,” Gutierrez said. “Unfortunately, this process cannot be reversed, and women who wish to conceive in the future will need to use other means to achieve it. But in terms of other health risks, like hormonal changes etc., these don’t really seem to occur.”

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Ultimately, if a provider declines, a patient may request that this be noted on their medical record for another doctor to consider.

“We recommend that people have considered all of their options, and if they feel this procedure is best for themselves and their families, then it’s done very often,” Gutierrez said.

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