Getting your tubes tied

Kristin Bendickson, MD Fertility Specialist, shares advice for women on the various methods available to be permanently sterilized and the effectiveness of each method
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Getting your tubes tied

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There are several methods available to women to be permanently sterilized. The most common procedure in this country is to have surgical sterilization. This can be done at the time of your C-Section or it can be done immediately after a vaginal delivery. We call this getting your tubes tied. In effect what is happening is the tube is being divided in two so that an egg and a sperm can't travel between the two portions of the tube. The tube can be ligated in several different manners. There's clips that can be put on. It can be burnt. All of these have different levels of effectiveness. There is a new technique that is done hysteroscopically where coils are inserted into the fallopian tube and that scars down the fallopian tube. It does take several months for this to take effect. However, this is just as effective as the previous surgical sterilization methods.

Kristin Bendickson, MD Fertility Specialist, shares advice for women on the various methods available to be permanently sterilized and the effectiveness of each method

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Kristin Bendikson, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Kristin A. Bendikson joined USC Fertility after finishing her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Harvard Medical School and completing her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the internationally renowned Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Cornell University Medical College. During that time, she received intensive training in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization and fertility surgery, as well as the management of other disorders including recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Kristin received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and attended the prestigious New York University School of Medicine. Her extensive training and years in practice have prepared her to deal with the most difficult and challenging cases.

Kristin holds the title of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is the currently the principal investigator of several research projects including the study of zygote intrafallopian tube transfer for women of advanced reproductive age, aging of the uterine endometrium and vitamin D and its role in infertility. It is her goal to provide the highest quality care for her patients and to help them fulfill their desire of having a healthy baby. In addition, she strives to guide her patients through what can be a trying and difficult journey by providing them with the support and personal attention they need.

Fertility expert, teacher, and researcher, Kristin is also a married mother of two. She resides in West Los Angeles with her family.

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