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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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