“I was afraid it would be difficult to find a doctor to do tubal ligation, because I’m a young, single woman in a red, conservative state,” said Cardon, who lives in Irving, Texas.
She made several calls to gynecologists’ offices, only to find that several were booked for the next few months. She finally got a counseling appointment, and she looks forward to starting the process.
“Where I live, and many of the surrounding states, there are no exceptions to trigger laws, even for rape,” Cardon said, referring to state laws prohibiting abortions, which cry v. Wade’s reversal. ,
“Because of that,” she continued, “I decided that the best decision for me would be to control the things I can and get my tubes tied.”
Carden is not alone. Since the Supreme Court ruled that Americans no longer have a federal constitutional right to an abortion, several gynecologists tell CNN that they have seen a rise in people requesting tubal ligation — a surgical procedure commonly referred to as one’s tubes. is known as binding.
The decision to have a vasectomy can raise personal and ethical questions, and for some people, it is not easy. But women, non-binary and transgender people who have made up their mind not to have children, say it is a choice they want to make without any pushback.
Some doctors turned down youth looking for sterilization
The procedure, which involves surgically severing or sealing the fallopian tubes to prevent future pregnancies, is not easily reversible.
Because of this, doctors sometimes reject young people who have vasectomy.
Diandra Childress, 33, told CNN that she has tried to tie her tubes several times. But she said that four different doctors refused to perform the procedure on the grounds that she might regret her decision later in life.
“I was told that I was too young, no kids, not married, might get married later, and that I should wait until I have a husband,” she said. “All the ways I control my body. It infuriates me.”
Now, medical technologists from Spring, Texas, are more determined than ever not to have children in the world of Roe v. Wade. She has discovered a list that is circulating on social media with the names of doctors who perform the procedure on young women, and is researching those closest to her. She plans to schedule an appointment soon.
“I hope that with this change, doctors will be more open to performing these procedures for unmarried, non-parenting women,” Childress said of the Supreme Court’s decision.
“I’ve been on the fence about kids for years, but I decided not to have them until I was sure about it, so I wouldn’t ruin a child’s life,” she said. “Roe v. Wade feels like one final slap in the face for women, and it’s all about control.”
Doctors say there has been an increase in sterilization requests in recent weeks
When Hadneck performs tubal ligation, it requires its patients to be at least 21 years of age if they are using Medicaid and to seek counseling on the effects of female vasectomy. These include the fact that it is irreversible, meaning a patient cannot become pregnant again without IVF, she says.
She also makes sure that each patient understands the risks of surgery and knows that there are reversible options such as intrauterine devices, she said. Intrauterine devices — or IUDs — can last for years, depending on the type.
“No state requires you to have children prior to tubal sterilization,” Hedanek said. “The age requirement (at least 21 years) is only if you have government-aided health insurance. Otherwise it’s up to the doctor’s discretion, which is why many young patients find doctors respecting their wishes. I have difficulty.”
Charis Lauder, a gynecologist and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine, also offers sterilization surgery. She recommends removing the fallopian tubes rather than tying the tube, as she says this reduces the risk of ovarian cancer later in life.
“Previously, I used to see about one person per week to discuss sterilization, and this week I have six people to consult,” Lauder said earlier this month. “Over the past two weeks, patients have told me that they are concerned about access to birth control, they are not sure they will have the option of a sterilization procedure in the future, and they are afraid of becoming pregnant without a fertility option. “
Several of her patients told her that they had decided some time ago that they wanted a sterilization procedure, but Roe v. Put it off until Wade’s decision, Lauder said.
“Before surgery, all my patients tell me they are sure of their decision and they confirm that this is the best plan for them,” she said. “And I feel it is my duty as a physician to respect my patient’s autonomy to make this decision, unless there is a significant risk of harm.”
A Florida resident threw a party after the tube was tied
Isa Ruiz has always known that children are not part of her plan.
But the 22-year-old Orlando communications specialist, who identifies with pronouns by him, didn’t think much about it until Associate Justice Amy Connie Barrett began serving on the Supreme Court in 2020.
“This (reversing Rowe v. Wade) is something we’ve all been concerned about since 2016,” Ruiz said. A conservative, Barrett’s appointment to the High Court “filled me with great urgency and certainty in my decision to sterilize.”
Ruiz said she had tried to find a reliable contraceptive but had negative reactions to hormonal birth control and the copper IUD.
“I realized quickly that neither of those methods was a viable option for me,” he said. “As someone who never wanted to conceive, it was ridiculous to me that I was putting both myself and my body through so much trauma for a temporary solution when a permanent solution suited my needs. would be better.”
In April 2021, after being turned down by several doctors, Ruiz, aged 21, had his tube tied. He marked the milestone with a party which was attended by a few close friends. The decorations included balloons inflated as condoms and pink swimming pool noodles tied in knots like fallopian tubes.
“My pice de résistance though, was my cake by now,” she said. “I ordered a cake, claiming it was for my friend’s getaway that said ‘Congratulations on tying the knot!’ Ruiz then changed the message to say, “Congratulations on tying the knot!”
Now Ruiz is on a mission to educate others interested in the process.
Ruiz helped friend and fellow Orlando resident Ellie Wagner find resources and tied her tubes in January after months of rejections by doctors.
Wagner, 26, has hereditary health issues that she worries will make pregnancy risky and could potentially be inherited by any biological children. Ruiz recommended a doctor who performed a tubal ligation without doubting her decision.
“Unfortunately, he wasn’t the first doctor I talked to about my choice to have my tubes tied, but he was the first who didn’t question me or try to convince me that I shouldn’t or I I will change my mind in the future,” Wagner Told.
“In the past one of my doctors said I should have kids because I’d have such cute ginger kids because of my red hair. As if having a cute baby isn’t reason enough to change my mind about being a biological baby. want.”
Both Ruiz and Wagner said their teammates have been supportive of their decisions.
Now that Rowe vs. Wade has been reversed, Wagner, Ruiz, Childress and Kardon all said they feel more confident they made the right choice. And they are still participating in the abortion rights protests.