Women victims of forced sterilizations are marginalized within their social environment and are known contemptuously as the "Machorras", thats mean a sterile female. Since fertility is of paramount importance in these communities, many women are abandoned by their husbands because they can not give them more children.
"At that time when my neighbors found out I had been sterilized they called me in the streets" Machorra ". You are a mule, a capona (referring to a castrated woman like the animal). Why do you think your husband has left you? Surely you have been operated to be with other men ", is the testimony of Dionisia Calderón, one of the victims.