A woman said she is so certain that she does not want to have children that she got sterilised at the age of 25.

Katelyn Stoewsand, now 27, had her fallopian tubes removed to ensure that she would never get pregnant naturally.

The woman, from St. Louis, Missouri, underwent a salpingectomy, an operation involving the surgical removal of one or both fallopian tubes.

The fallopian tubes allow eggs to travel from the ovaries to the uterus and removing them means a woman won't be able to get pregnant.

Other reasons why women have a salpingectomy include preventing ovarian cancer, ectopic pregnancy, tubal blockage, or an infection.

Correctional case manager Katelyn said: “I’ve known all my life that I didn’t want children, even when I was a kid, I wasn’t interested in interacting with other kids.

“I’m pretty impatient around kids. I’m not much of a people person either. The biggest reason is more about my free time and being able to spend money the way I want to.”

Katelyn Stoewsand
Katelyn said she has always known that she didn't want children 
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Katelyn Stoewsand / SWNS)
Katelyn Stoewsand
She underwent the operation two years ago 
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Katelyn Stoewsand / SWNS)

She added: “In vitro fertilisation would still work if I wanted to get pregnant, but there’s no way to get pregnant naturally.

“That was intentional. I didn’t want anything that was reversible because it could fail. There’s zero percent chance that I’ll end up with my own family.”

Katelyn started birth control pills when she was 15 before having an intro uterine device (IUD) placed a few years later.

When her IUD was nearing its expiration date, she decided to move to something more permanent and with fewer side effects.

She explained: “My hormonal birth control made me gain a bunch of weight, tanked my sex drive, and made me feel depressed.

“I had an awful quality of life when I was on the hormonal birth control; it wouldn't have been worth it to stay on it.”

Through an online community, Katelyn found a doctor under her insurance who performs sterilisation.

She said the doctor initially asked her what she would do if she changed her mind or what her current partner wanted.

She said: “I told them I would adopt, but was sure I wouldn’t change mind. I told them my partner was irrelevant because it was my body and my choice.”

Katelyn Stoewsand
Katelyn started birth control pills when she was 15 
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Katelyn Stoewsand / SWNS)

Two weeks after her initial exam, Katelyn was being prepared for the outpatient surgery right before an already planned trip.

She said: “It was an easy recovery. I had surgery on Friday and left for Boston on Sunday and walked for three hours.”

Katelyn said the people closest to her were supportive of her decision.

She said: “It was co-workers and acquaintances that had the most to say, which shocked me that they felt they had the right to have an opinion on that.

“But as far as people who matter, they’ve been super supportive.”

Katelyn said her decision was also influenced by her mum who never put pressure on her to become a mother herself.

She explained: “She always presented it to me as a choice that I was going to get to make.

“She always told me how much work it was, and I was never interested and along with her I came to the decision that I didn’t want to be a parent.”

Katelyn also stressed the importance of women being able to control their own reproductivity, saying: “A lot of doctors are male, and it makes me sick to my stomach that this is what some women want to do and they’re being told no.

“Showing women that it’s possible to find the right doctor and showing them it’s not a lost cause for what they want is really important.”

She added that it is important to normalise that not all women want to have children, and this should not be taboo.

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