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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [Aug. 14th, 2012|12:05 pm]

I had the Essure procedure peformed yesterday at McMaster Hospital by Dr. Caroline Sibley (317 Main St. W, Hamilton. Tel. 905-540-8100).

 She is a fantastic doctor; very no-nonsense, to the point about everything, explains everything in detail and very easy to understand.  I would highly recommend her for this procedure or even as a regular gyno.  The only issue is she tends to overbook patients, so there is always a long wait.  Even with my Essure, I was scheduled for noon, but two patients were bumped ahead of me and my procedure didn't start until about 1:30pm!
For my initial consult with her, she didn't ask me at all why I wanted the procedure done, or if I was absolutely sure - nothing!  I was very pleased.  The only thing she wanted to make sure of was that I could handle the Essure procedure because of how uncomfortable it can be for some women.  I'm glad she did, because I found it very painful;  but she kept telling me throughout the procedure how great I was doing, and was very reassuring.

For those in Ontario, Essure is 100% covered by OHIP.  The only costs were for the Depo shot, and Misoprostol which is taken the night before and morning of the procedure; so the cost depends on an individual's health insurance. 
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Doctor near Buffalo? [May. 16th, 2012|05:01 pm]

My boyfriend and I are hoping to move to Buffalo, NY in the next year or so, and I'd really like to stop being paranoid every time I have a period due. The nuvaring is great and hasn't failed me, but I get afraid anyway. I want to start saving up once I've moved to take care of the problem permanently. used to have a list of doctors, but I tried to go there today, and the website no longer exists?
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CF-friendly gyno in Minneapolis! [May. 25th, 2012|01:10 am]
I'm 23 and childfree, and I've just scheduled to have a laparoscopic tubal ligation with Dr. Mary Mahoney at the Women's Health Specialists Clinic in the Riverside professional building in Minneapolis, MN.

The counsult was pretty quick and painless. She told me up-front she would do my tubal, but she did run through the "make sure you really want this" thing. Over-all, it was a lot less of a grilling than I expected to get.

Do be advised she is a very busy woman, and you might have the schedule a month or two out to get your consult. The clinic accepts most kinds of insurance.

My tubal is scheduled for July!

Hope this helps some of you lovely Midwest CF ladies.
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Doctor Rec in North Central Ohio [Apr. 6th, 2012|06:04 pm]


I must recommend my new gynecologist in Northern-North Central Ohio. Dr. Amy Wilbur at James D. Kasten, M.D., Inc.  .

She was very understanding and did not bingo me at all beyond, "What if you meet the love.. yada yada" and "If you did change your mind?" and she wasn't condescending, she genuinely wanted know the answers.  She told me that she doesn't deny anyone who wants sterilization, but she just makes sure they really want it.

Her office is in Norwalk, Ohio, which an hour away each from Toledo and Cleveland and about an hour and a half north of Columbus.

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Two doctor recommendations, Chicago area [Sep. 12th, 2011|08:12 am]

Hello All,
Just wanted to let you know about two wonderful doctors in the northern Chicago 'burbs.

Dr Elizabeth Oh ( performed my Essure in less than 10 minutes, without a hint of a bingo. She is amazing, and actually listens to her patients.

Dr Justin Cohen (, also of Lake Forest, performed my husband's vasectomy. He is a total professional with a lovely sense of humor.
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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2011|07:00 pm]

I'm looking for someone who will do tube sterilization in the Chicagoland / northern Illinois area. I AM willing to travel to Indiana / Michigan / lower Illinois to do this. I'm 21, so i'll need to find someone who won't give me a hassle.

Thank you. :)
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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2011|12:01 am]

Hi. I live near Tacoma, Washington. For various reasons I am seeking a hysterectomy, and have been asking for one for four years, and prior to that I had an IUD and have tried nearly everything except the various pills.

Does anyone know of a sympathetic/likely surgeon in the Western Washington area that would be willing to consider the surgery?
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Essure or other permanent forms in Illinois? [Feb. 21st, 2011|12:20 am]

Hi, I'm a single (well, engaged) female about to turn 23 in a few weeks. I have never had children, or even been pregnant. I've known my entire life that I do not want to ever become pregnant. Usually I would say I do not want any children at all, but occasionally the idea of adopting one child sounds appealing, since I was a happy only child. My fiance has similar thoughts on pregnancy. He doesn't want me to get pregnant under any circumstances. I know that he can more easily get a vasectomy, but I just have this thought that I want this change to occur in my own body. I want to be in control of my reproductive organs. I have been taking hormonal birth control but would like to get off of it as the pills have been causing what I believe to be varicose veins and a lowered sex drive. (They have cleared my breakouts though!).

My question is, does anyone here have any experience with doctors who will perform any kind or permanent birth control procedure on a woman who has not had children, and who is still relatively young? I know that they'd prefer you've had children already or are older, and it just depresses me every day that doctors can't just trust the wants and needs of their patients. I'm really just looking for a doctor to even just talk this over with, and not immediately brush me off with the "you'll change your mind when you're older" garbage.

If anyone in Illinois can suggest a doctor that'd be great! Thanks.
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Paragard vs. Essure [Jan. 26th, 2011|06:31 am]
Hi! I am a childfree woman of 40 and have had the Paragard IUD for about 9 months. For the most part, I haven't had any major issues with it, mostly longer, heavier periods. The thing is, I don't entirely trust it and still use other forms of bc in addition to it. I still worry about pregnancy but the thing is, this will last me 10 years plus at my age my fertility has probably declined. But then again, I like the idea of not having to worry about bc at all because with the Essure procedure, there is a test that shows you that your tubes are fully blocked. But the IUD can slip out of place without you being fully aware. Plus, I've read stories online about women getting pregnant with the IUD and the thought of that happening fills me with dread. Anyone here have a Paragard or the Essure procedure? What are your experiences? I welcome your feedback, thanks for taking the time to read this. 
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(no subject) [Nov. 30th, 2010|09:57 pm]

[mood |chipperchipper]

So after having seen various pleas for help from younger CF women seeking sterilization, I decided to write my own little How-To guide based on my experiences & knowledge. Hopefully some of the folks here can benefit from it :) Feel free to circulate it if you know of anyone or anyplace that might find it useful.


x-posted somewhat
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