Complications of female sterilization immediate and delayed

G. R. Huggins, S. J. Sondheimer

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Surgical sterilization has undergone explosive worldwide growth over the past 30 years. From 1950 to 1980, the number of couples worldwide using sterilization for contraception grew from 3 million to more than 13 million. This growth can be attributed to improvements in technology, changes in public mores, and removal of restrictive legislation. This article focuses on the technologic changes that have reduced the rate of complications and have made sterilization widely available and acceptable to large numbers of women throughout the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-358
Number of pages22
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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