How Much Longer?
Part 10 of a series. We’ve been through nearly every available contraception method in our efforts to find the right solution for us. Just over a month ago, I asked my GP to refer me for female sterilisation. Today we went to the gynaecology clinic.
Things went wrong from the start. We forgot things we needed to have with us. Traffic was bad. Parking is terrible there. Even with a disabled parking badge, we were such a long way from the entrance. The ramp was poorly designed and so narrow that I doubt a powered wheelchair could use it. The front doors weren’t available. We had to use a side entrance. The reception desk was so high that from the wheelchair, I could barely look over the top of it to talk to the receptionist. As usual, there was no space set aside in the waiting room for wheelchairs to park. They were running about 30 minutes late. The waiting room was noisy.
Eventually, I was seen. The gynaecologist was male, which no longer bothers me. English was not his first language, which also doesn’t bother me. He talked in a low voice and kept looking down. THAT bothered me. I had such a hard time hearing him. When he was doing the exam and he asked me to cough, his voice was so low that I assumed he was speaking to the nurse. He had to ask three times.
Female sterilisation is a low priority procedure for the NHS. My GP has to approve the funding. Apparently the fact that she referred me there doesn’t count as approval. You can’t make this shit up. The best guess is that it should be done within four months.
We hardly ever have vaginal sex these days. There are toys, hands, mouths, bottoms… it just seems easier than to try and deal with the condom and the pregnancy risk.
To be continued…
Our Contraception Journey Part 1: Why is Contraception so Hard?
Our Contraception Journey Part 2: Sterilisation
Our Contraception Journey Part 3: Vasectomy Complications
Our Contraception Journey Part 4: Cerazette
Our Contraception Journey Part 5: Further Vasectomy Complications
Our Contraception Journey Part 6: Cerazette Complications
Our Contraception Journey Part 7: Female Sterilisation
Our Contraception Journey Part 8: Mirena IUS
Our Contraception Journey Part 9: Another Failure