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Sterilisation is a permanent method of female contraception. It involves blocking both fallopian tubes to prevent you from becoming pregnant (see figure 1).
You or your partner should not need to use another method of contraception.
There are non-permanent (reversible) methods of female contraception such as hormone implants, a coil or intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD), and the oral contraceptive pill.
A vasectomy is a permanent method of male contraception. The only safe, non-permanent method of male contraception is to use a condom.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 20 minutes.
Your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen.
They will insert surgical instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation.
The most common method of sterilisation is to block each fallopian tube by placing a clip on it.
You should be able to go home the same day.
Rest for one to two days and take painkillers if you need them.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
A sterilisation is a method of female contraception which is permanent.
Author: Mr Andrew Woods MBBS MRCOG FRANZCOG and Dr Clare Myers MBBS FRANZCOG
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