If you’ve been on social media in the past year or so (and I know you have), chances are you’ve come across dozens of photos of a pregnancy announcement or gender reveal parties.
However, you probably didn’t come across a sterilization photoshoot – unless you saw Abby Ramsay’s post.
Ramsay is a 24-year-old who recently posed for a sterilization photoshoot for a now-viral video. The video comprises of photos of Abby in her local park, and it’s been viewed more than 3.8 million times. Well, maybe it’s time for people to accept that some women choose child-free lives, and that’s perfectly okay!
Abby underwent surgery that included a bilateral salpingectomy, which means that both of her fallopian tubes were removed, thereby withdrawing the egg’s pathway from the ovaries to the uterus. She also underwent an endometrial ablation, which removes a layer of the endometrium.
She chose this combination of surgeries to eliminate her chances of getting pregnant and the relief endometrial ablations can offer to people who experience long, heavy, and unpleasant periods.
But what made Abby so happy was that she finally managed to find a doctor that would perform the surgery, even though she had decided that she doesn’t want to have children in her life years ago. Many people in the comments shared similar stories and how they’ve been unable to find physicians that would help them and do these surgeries.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Abby said that most doctors she consulted rejected her and refused to perform the surgery because of the possibility of regret.
Statistics back this up, and a study conducted by the US Collaborative Review of Sterilization showed that even though only 12.7 of people who have undergone such surgeries have reported feeling regret, doctors still often refuse to do the operation.