What are the contraindications for postpartum tubal sterilization?

Updated: Jun 18, 2018
  • Author: Nan G O'Connell, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Contraindications to postpartum tubal sterilization include the following:

  • There is an unstable medical condition postpartum (eg, hemorrhage, infection, uncontrolled hypertension, HELLP [hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets] syndrome)

  • The patient is ambivalent regarding the procedure

  • The patient has known or suspected significant abnormalities of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or intra-abdominal cavity

  • The patient consent is not mature according to state/local regulations

  • The status of the newborn is unclear

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