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How old do you have to be and/or how many kids do you have to have before i will qualify to get my tubes tied?

I ask because I am 25 and have one child and I have been told by other mothers that they will not tie my tubes unless I meet certain age, and children count qualifications, that is unless it is medically suggested.

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Sarah W.

Asked by Sarah W. at 1:42 PM on Feb. 14, 2013 in Parenting Debate

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  • For the army you have to be 25 or have 4 children. i am 27 with 6 children and still have to do a class and counseling before I do

    Answer by coffeeLover8 at 1:07 PM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Ask your doctor.

    Answer by booklover545 at 12:15 PM on Feb. 26, 2013

  • I didn't know that it would be an issue..women get their tubes tied for many different reasons. When the Dr. talks to you about your concerns, they ask if you want it done.

    Answer by madmueller at 9:47 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Depends on the doctor. Depends on the state. Depends on your individual health and situation. My husband got his vasectomy a couple of weeks after his 26th birthday (Snip, Snip! Happy Birthday Honey!) and the day after our second child was born. We were very clear that we did not want more children and that I would not be able or willing to carry another pregnancy.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 4:21 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • The way you find out is to ask your Dr. and possibly get a second opinion. But remember that you should count on it being irrevesible, even though there is a possibility that they can reverse the surgery, it can fail. I am sure the Dr. will want you to be absolutely without a doubt.

    Answer by Dardenella at 3:00 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • I live in Ohio. My neighbor and her DH were both 26 YO and had 4 kids. They were both refused being told they are too young

    Answer by RobinChristine at 2:47 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • here it's 2 and 26 yrs old

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:37 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • I had mine done at 25. I was single and had 2 DD's. The doctor didn't want to do it. because I was single. He said what about your future DH?
    I said what about him. this is not for him, it is for me. It took a year of hounding. But they finally did it. 26 years later. I am happy I did it. Because if I wouldn't have I would have a 3rd with my now DH.

    Answer by louise2 at 2:01 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Oh, and my friend has a 5 year old, a 2 year old and a 1 year old, just turned 24 and her tubes are tied.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 2:00 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • I was almost 26 when I gave birth to my youngest. Tying my tubes was some the doctor asked me about, but I wasn't ready. I have 2 kids right now. I don't know about what the criteria are though.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 1:58 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

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