The Second Tubalversary
A few days ago, I passed my two-year tubalversary. It’s amazing how fast time flies when you don’t have to worry about time. I don’t have to take a pill at the same time every day. I don’t have to get a shot every three months. And I don’t have any implants that need replaced every several years. Nope. I got a procedure done once, and then never had to think about or pay any money into birth control ever since.
A lot has changed in those two years. My boyfriend and I recently bought a large house together and live quite comfortably together with our three pets. We make lots of money and time to spend relaxing, traveling, having fun, and improving our property. My boyfriend recently went back to school, and I expect I shall start again very soon as well. We live good lives. And when we’re soaking in our hot tub together, going for drives just for fun, or grilling steaks over the fire-pit we built in our yard, I’m reminded of just how great a choice getting fixed was, because I know we would have none of that if we had children. That itself is enough to make my tubal well worth it. But there’s more.
Two years ago, I got my tubal ligation. Not only did I get it done, but I took it a step further and I wrote about it. Later, I wrote more things related to tubal ligation and found other sources of sterilization information. I put together a page of just about everything I had wanted to find before my tubal, all together in one place for others to find.
Two years later, I’m still getting comments from people thanking me for putting all of that together. I still get people sharing their tubal ligation stories for me. And when I check this blog’s incoming links, I discover that, around the internet, sometimes on sites that I’ve never been to, people are posting links to that page, in order to refer other people. Most of what I write on this blog, I write for me and don’t care if anyone like it or even reads it. But this, this is something that people are reading, and it means something to them, it’s helping them. That is pretty amazing. I am very happy.
It’s my hope that, if more people speak up about their sterilization (male and female) experiences, the more comfortable people will be having these frank sort of conversations and the more likely people considering such procedures will be to find the personal stories of those who have gone before. When I’m being really optimistic, I hope that such open sharing would lead to a culture that sees sterilization as a more acceptable thing, and maybe, just maybe, it will be that much easier for people to convince their own healthcare providers to perform.
Thanks to everyone who read this. Cheers. And here’s to our happy sterility.