Identifying women who will request sterilization reversal in a military population

Cher P. Moseman, Randal D. Robinson, G. Wright Bates, Anthony M. Propst

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Objective: We sought to identify the characteristics of women in a military population who are likely to seek a tubal anastomosis after a previous bilateral tubal ligation (BTL). Method: A written investigational review board-approved questionnaire was administered to 56 women, ages 18-40 years, requesting evaluation for a reversal of a prior BTL and 52 women of the same age range not seeking reversal. The questionnaire identified demographics and relationship characteristics of volunteers at the time of their decision to have a BTL and at the present time. Results: Age 25 years or younger, sterilization due to pressure from a partner, poor marital relationship at the time of the BTL and a new marriage are highly predictive of tubal sterilization regret and a request for sterilization reversal in a military population. In addition, women requesting a tubal anastomosis reported less preoperative counseling on the permanence of a BTL and of the male alternative for permanent female sterilization, vasectomy. Conclusion: Women with these characteristics should have extensive counseling before undergoing tubal sterilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-515
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Sterilization regret
  • Tubal anastomosis
  • Tubal sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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