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Tubal Ligation Reduces Menstruation Problems

A study published in the December 7, 2000, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who undergo tubal ligation are no more likely to develop menstrual problems than women who do not have the surgery. Since the 1950s, some doctors have argued that sterilization through tubal ligation would result in an increase risk of serious menstrual problems. Instead, some physicians have recommended total hysterectomies„a costly and invasive surgery„to avoid the possibility of menstrual problems. The new study showed that women who undergo tubal ligation are in fact more likely to have shorter and easier periods with less pain.

Sources:

Washington Post _ December 7, 2000; Associated Press _ December 6, 2000; Reuters _ December 6, 2000

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