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Family planning in Brazil: why not tubal sterilisation during childbirth?
  1. Leila Cristina Soares,
  2. Jorge Luiz Alves Brollo
  1. Department of Gynecology, University of Grande Rio, Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Professor Leila Cristina Soares, Department of Gynecology, University of Grande Rio, Rua Prof. José de Souza Herdy, 1.160-25 de Agosto, Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro 25071-202, Brazil; lcs1507{at}


Sterilisation is the most desired method of contraception worldwide. In 1996, the Brazilian Congress approved a family planning law that legitimised female and male sterilisation, but forbade sterilisation during childbirth. As a result of this law, procedures currently occur in a clandestine nature upon payment. Despite the law, sterilisations continue to be performed during caesarean sections. The permanence of the method is an important consideration; therefore, information about other methods must be made available. Tubal sterilisation must not be the only choice. We argue that review of this restriction will not contribute to the increase in caesarean sections but will allow for greater sterilisation choice for men and women.

  • Family
  • Autonomy
  • Availability of Contraceptives to Minors
  • Behaviour Modification

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