Cutting the Guy's Tubes is Safer but Taking The Whole Tube Can Reduce Cancer Risks

For many years getting the 'belly button' surgery, or just 'tying the tubes' has been the gold standard for female tubal sterilization. And then there was a trend away from abdominal surgery with the Essure procedure which prevented cutting into the abdomen and thus became popular, and again, we've gone full circle to reconsider a very old procedure called salpingectomy for sterilization.  And the ACOG group is saying that taking out the tubes, but saving the ovaries may be one of the better ovarian cancer prevention strategies.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2003 said that gynos "should advise patients that the morbidity and mortality of tubal ligation, although low, is higher than that of vasectomy, and the success rates of both procedures are similar". But couples are three times more likely to have the gal cut her tubes than have his cut. And the stand up (or stand down, depending on how you relate to these procedures) guys are almost all white well-educated, it's not the procedure of choice in many a crowd! Vasectomy is safe, and very affordable, and very effective, so how are we going to get guys to just say yes? Interestingly a group from UCSF has studied this and the most effective: just talk to them! And maybe some face time just with him, so he can understand his choices. In general dudes say they just don't know much about it all, and don't get much info regarding their choices. And like us, they like to hear from friends, from non-professionals, sure even their hairdressers could be a source of info! So don't assume he will say no to cutting his tubes, unless you actually ask! But so much ovarian cancer originates in the fallopian tubes that getting them removed at the sterilization should be reconsidered.Since ovarian cancer is the most deadly of the gynecologic cancers and the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in women, any strategy to decrease this disease is warranted.

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