I thought I would talk deciding to get my tubes ties (tubal ligation) at such a young age. I actually wanted to have them done at 19 but since Bradley was born 10 weeks early my Dr. made me wait until he came home from the hospital. When Bradley finally came home (3 months later) I visited the Dr. and we talked about birth control. I still wanted to get my tubes tied but the Dr. suggested that I “sleep” on it and I think about it more. I went on Mirena (IUD) for 5 years and at the end of the 5 years I still wanted to get my tubes tied.
I don’t want any more kids, actually me and my husband both don’t want any more kids. I have a hard time with pregnancy, it’s not that I can’t get pregnant it’s that I can’t stay pregnant long enough for the baby to cook! Benjamin was born 5 weeks early and Bradley was born 10 weeks early, both pregnancies I had issues with preterm labors starting at 25 weeks and cervix issues starting at 20 weeks. I didn’t want to put my life or another baby’s life in danger if I ever got pregnant again; I have 2 kids to think about as well. If I got pregnant again it would take a year away from my boys since I’m 100% sure that I would be put on bed rest right away, it would take focus away from them if the baby does come early since I would be at the hospital daily trying to get the baby healthy enough to come home. Bradley was a miracle baby and we are blessed that he survived being born 10 weeks early and that there is no serious on going issues with him now but I (or the Dr.’s) can’t guarantee that if another baby went through that we would have the same result.
When it was time for my IUD to expire I went to my Dr. to tell him I was ready to make it permanent and was ready to schedule the surgery. Of course he explained to me that it was permanent and I was ready! I am glad that I did this I did it for me, my family and our future.
Thank you for reading my story.