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Editorial
January 23/30, 2018

Evaluating the Long-term Safety of Hysteroscopic Sterilization

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque
JAMA. 2018;319(4):347-350. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.21268

Nearly half of pregnancies in the United States are unintended1 and frequently result in adverse outcomes for women and families. Reducing the high rate of unintended pregnancy is a national priority of the US Department of Health and Human Services, reflected in the Healthy People 2020 goal of decreasing the proportion of unintended pregnancies by 10%.2 Of the 3 most commonly used contraceptive methods in the United States—sterilization, oral contraceptives, and condoms3—only sterilization is considered a highly effective method by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the World Health Organization.4

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