There Are Dangers in Being Too Young'

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Byline: ANDREW VALENTINE

DR PETER Bowen-Simpkins, a consultant gynaecologist at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, has observed a startling rise in the number of women under 30 requesting sterilisation.

He believes it's a result of women wanting an independent life without the burden of motherhood.

'I'm constantly surprised at how keen young women are on the idea,' he says. 'I think it's quite right that mature women should be able to make up their own minds but there are dangers in being sterilised too young, both physical and mental.

'These women in their 20s are also advised by younger GPs and gynaecologists who have an open attitude so they are more likely to recommend sterilisation. But young women need to look at all the options and not make a hasty decision 'In the past, doctors would have prescribed sterilisation only to married women over 30 with three children, telling them they've earned the operation.

'Of course, some women realise they have made a mistake - it's only human to be wrong sometimes. You have to accept that there will be someone who will regret it later on down the line.

'In fact, as many as 10 pc regret their decision and want a reversal, but that is no reason to deny the woman the operation in the first place. …