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Fourteen years’ experience in voluntary female sterilization through minilaparotomy in Jos, Nigeria

Fourteen years’ experience in voluntary female sterilization through minilaparotomy in Jos, Nigeria Between January 1985 and December 1998, 2913 female sterilizations through minilaparotomy were performed. The mean (±SD) age was 36.4 ± 4.2 years and 68% of the women were between the ages of 30 and 39 years. The mean (±SD) parity distribution was 8.0 ± 2.0; 59.5% of the patients were para ≥8, and the mean (±SD) number of living children was 6.8 ± 1.6. Only 32.9% had the equivalent ≥8 number of living children at the time of the procedure. Completed desired family size was the indication for the tubal occlusion in 95% of the patients. The predominant surgical technique was Pomeroy’s method in 97%. Tubal ligation as an interval procedure was performed in 93.6% and local anesthesia was used in 83.7%. The study showed a yearly increase in the growth of voluntary surgical contraception at the institution, made possible by trained personnel. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contraception Elsevier
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