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June 6, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;237(23):2457-2465. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270500009001

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Sterilization side-effects can include some menstrual disturbances  Many women who have undergone sterilization later suffer from menstrual disturbances that may be related to one specific method, a British researcher says.Anthony D. Noble, MB, told a workshop on fertility control that the menstrual problems, though sufficient to cause concern, generally did not make the women regret having undergone sterilization. He added that the cause of the disturbances is unknown, although he has some ideas.The workshop, in Arlington, Va, was sponsored by Northwestern University's Program for Applied Research of Fertility Regulation (PARFF). Dr Noble is a gynecologist and consultant to the Royal Hampshire Hospital, Winchester."Winchester is a small city and is the medical center of a small and stable district health service," he explained. "The doctors and patients are well known to each other. It follows that surgical complications are soon known."Almost 1,000 women had undergone voluntary