October 21, 2016
Today I go through with something I’ve wanted to do for over 15 years. After a very hard pregnancy that was high risk, I was happy to have my healthy baby, but knew that would be our only child. I asked my doctor, at just 22, if I could get sterilized. I was told, NO. With every year that passed, during my annual visit, I would remind the doctor that I was still interested in getting myself sterilized, but with every year I was told, “you’re too young” or “you’ll regret it”. I was unable to use any hormone release birth control methods due to other medical conditions. So, month to month, I would hope that our “other” methods have held up. Finally, last year, my doctor said that she would consider this, provided I brought my husband into the office so he could sign documents approving this procedure. That was the final straw. I could not believe that, as a woman, I was being told that I couldn’t do something to my body by choice that could increase my quality of life without judgement AND my husbands permission (which I had regardless, but that was not the point!). I finally began to search out a doctor who would allow me to make this decision for myself and found him on my second try. He absolutely agreed this would be a great choice for someone like me, we booked the surgery THAT DAY! After 3 weeks of pre admission tests, I was cleared for surgery. Today, after so much talk about the recent remarks during our presidential debate, I see that this antiquated thinking is not so uncommon and shocked me!!!
I’m absolutely thrilled to have this CHOICE. This is a choice that I made alone. I’m excited that I was finally given the choice to get sterilized after 15 years. I know it’s hard for some to believe that I knew what I want to do with my body at the ripe young age of 22 and that choice hasn’t wavered in 15 years.