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Quinacrine is Non-Surgical Sterilization
Family Planning Center offers a new sterilization technique called Quinacrine (QS). QS is a safe, nonsurgical, and permanent birth control method that has been used by over 175,000 women in 45 countries!
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What is Quinacrine Sterilization
QS is a permanent, nonsurgical sterilization procedure for women
A woman can be sterilized by using Quinacrine antibiotic without the need for surgery. More...
How Quinacrine Antibiotic Works as a Contraceptive
When placed in the fallopian tubes, the quiancrine antibiotic causes the fallopian tubes to close off. This makes it impossible for an egg to pass through.
The QS procedure is non-surgical. To insert the pellets of quinacrine antibiotic into the patient's uterus, a doctor, nurse, or midwife uses a modified IUD inserter. The result permanently diables a woman's ability to become pregnant. More...
Contraceptive Use and the QS Procedure
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 the first QS procedure. More...
The Quinacrine Sterilization Procedure Requires Two Visits
What if the patient can't return for a second insertion four weeks after the first insertion?
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. 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. More...
Effective Timing For Quinacrine Sterilization
When can a woman have Quinacrine Sterilization done?
In order for Quinacrine Sterilization to be most effective, the procedure must be done 6-12 days after the onset of the patient's last period. This is because there must be no blood in the uterus during the 1st and 2nd insertions. The following chart provides and example of the optimal time for a patient to have the Quinacrine procedure. More...
Quinacrine Advantages Over Surgery - Quinacrine Compared to Surgical Methods of Sterilization
There are several advantages to choosing Quinacrine Sterilization over surgical sterilization.
QS is safer, more accessible, and less taxing on the patient. More...
Disadvantages of Quinacrine Compared to Surgical Methods of Sterilization
Most of the QS disadvantages that are known are fairly mild and can be avoided.
Quinacrine Sterilization is still considered to be a new procedure for female sterilization and birth control. As with any new procedure, there may be potential consequences that have yet to be discovered. More...
Quinacrine Sterilization Success Rate
Does QS ever fail?
Presently, other than a hysterectomy, no birth female control method is 100% effective. Early reports on women who had Quinacrine Sterilization show that a very small number of women became pregnant. More...
Quinacrine Starilization Safety and Risks
As with most contraceptives, there are some risks in using Quinacrine Sterilization. However, researchers from around the world have studied the human safety of Quinacrine over the past 65 years. This research has concluded that QS is highly safe.
Quinacrine Sterilization Side Effects
Reports show that nearly half of all women who undergo Quinacrine Sterilization experience at least one side effect. Side effects after QS are common; however, they are usually minor, temporary, and easily managed.
It is extremely important for the patient to know about the possible side effects before deciding to have the procedure, so she will know what to expect and can make a fully informed choice. More...
Quinacrine and FDA Approval
The FDA has approved the drug Quinacrine for many uses. However, the FDA has not yet approved Quinacrine for female sterilization. Therefore, Quinacrine Sterilization is currently an 'off-label' use. Using an off-label drug is a perfectly legal, acceptable, and common practice.
For example, doctors have treated Lupus patients with off-label Quinacrine for many years. More...
QS and Tubal Pregnancy
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. More...
Personal Testimonials
Comments from a few actual patients that elected to undergo the QS procedure and the benefits they feel it brought to their life.
The Quinacrine Sterilization Procedure
The Quinacrine sterilization procedure requires two insertions of Quinacrine pellets into the uterus. The insertions are performed four weeks apart to ensure the best results from the procedure.
Links to the 'Center for Research on Population & Security' Web Site
You can follow these links to the official web site for Quinacine Sterilization: www.quinacrine.com
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Testimonial on QS
"My comments on Quinacrine:
Quinacrine changed my life!
The procedure was essentially painless, affordable, and freeing!
I love my new lifestyle.
Thank you, Dr. Whitney!"
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The drwhitney.com web site is maintained by Randall B. Whitney, M.D. to provide information about QS.
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