Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
MINELLA, Luzinete Simões. Positive and negative aspects of Fallopian tube sterilization as viewed by sterilized women. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, suppl.1, pp. S69-S79. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000500016.
The objective of this paper is to point out the positive and negative aspects of female sterilization as seen by two groups of sterilized women in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, based on a sociological discussion of their present health status, evaluating the associations that they generally make with the fact that they have been sterilized. The first group included mostly housewives from a low-income neighborhood, while the second involved upper-middle-class female public employees, students, and university professors, totaling 40 women. Data were obtained through a structured questionnaire with open-ended questions. Information on social, economic, and demographic variables was recorded, along with subjective data associated with women's representations of the post-sterilization period. We concluded that there was no consensus as to the consequences of sterilization, since a number of the women (11/40), mostly sterilized before the age of 30, perceived changes in their health status after surgery.
Keywords : Tubal Sterilization; Women's Health; Contraception; Social Representation.