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A new, permanent birth control option for women

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LAKE CITY, MN (FOX 47) -- A new form of permanent birth control is now an option for residents near the Lake City Medical Center-Mayo Health system.

A small tube is inserted in the fallopian tubes and the body's tissue grows around it, so sperm cannot reach the egg.

There is no surgery involved, and it takes about 10 minutes to insert, but the tubal legation is permanent and irreversible.

It's a procedure that's been around since 2001.

Kristina McCaughtry, an OB/GYN at Lake City Medical Center, says, "There are no incisions. You do not have to go to sleep, so there are no anesthsia risks. Therefore, you don't have the pain you would have with the laparoscopic or laparotomy, or bigger incision. And it's just as effective, if not more so."

The procedure is hormone-free and is 99.8 percent effective.

McCaughtry says the average recovery rate is about 35 minutes, and most women feel some cramping similar to having a period.

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