Saturday, January 26, 2013

Number of Sterilizations is Down in Quebec. Why?

I was reading an article in Le Devoir about abortion which brought up some very intriguing stats about sterilization.

In 1976, 27 395 women had their tubal ligatures, i.e. they were sterilized.

In 1989, only about 14 000 underwent the same procedure.

In 2011, their numbers were down to 3000.

In 1976, there were 7771 vasectomies.

In 1990, there were about 20 000 vasectomies.

And in 2011 there were less than 14 000.

My question: why?

If all these men and women are switching to less reliable methods of birth control, shouldn't there be higher rates of abortion?

I'm very intrigued.

Perhaps the decline in sterilization is compensated by a more widespread use of contraception.

Or perhaps a greater level of infertility.

Or maybe people are more willing to keep their babies.

I'm just struck by the fact that, as far as I know, this has not been raised in public.