Episode 42: How to Tie the Knot
Birth control is relatively easy to come by — so long as it's temporary. Especially if you're young and/or childfree, permanent birth control (aka sterilization) remains a stunningly controversial choice to choose. To find out why, Cristen and Caroline join independent radio producer Brie Ripley, who documented getting her own tubes tied and discovered what happens when you definitely, no-maybes, want to tie the fallopian knot.
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Planned Parenthood: Sterilization
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