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Below are some frequently asked questions about Quinacrine Sterilization:

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Will the patient become sterile immediately following the procedure?

No. It takes 6-12 weeks for scars to develop in the fallopian tubes. Therefore, the patient must use another effective contraceptive method for 12 weeks after her QS procedure.

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Can the patient become sterile from just one insertion?

It is possible; however, research shows that patients having 2 insertions were half as likely to become pregnant as patients who only had one insertion.

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What if the patient can't return for a second insertion four weeks after the first insertion?

If the patient cannot return for a second insertion four weeks after her first, she should go to the clinic or call her doctor for advice on what to do. Until she returns for a second insertion, she is still susceptible to become pregnant; therefore, she should continue to use another contraceptive method.

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Is a tubal pregnancy possible after QS?

Although it is rare, a tubal pregnancy (a pregnancy which occurs outside of the uterus) is possible after QS (as it is also possible with most other contraceptive methods). QS does not cause tubal pregnancies, it just cannot prevent them.

The tubal pregnancy rate with QS is lower than the rate in women who do not use contraception.

Tubal pregnancies are very dangerous. In some countries, 1 out of 20 women with a tubal pregnancy dies. If a woman believes she is pregnant and has any of these signs, she should contact her provider right away:

  • A missed period

  • Severe pain in the lower abdominal area, or shoulder pain

  • Dizziness, fainting, or weakness

  • Vaginal bleeding other than a normal menstrual period

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