What is it?
- An operation that results in permanent contraception for women who have completed their family or who never want children.
How does it work?
- The fallopian tubes (which carry the egg from the ovary to the womb) are blocked off meaning the egg and sperm can’t meet to fertilise.
What’s great about it?
- Extremely effective (>99%). Only one in 200 sterilised women per year will become pregnant.
- It’s permanent so no need to use contraception again or attend for clinic visits.
- No hormones involved so no side effects and your periods are unaffected.
What’s not so great about it?
- The fallopian tubes can re-join after the operation meaning the sterilisation may not work and you could become pregnant.
- No protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - condoms advised.
- Involves surgery and an anaesthetic and the risks associated with these.
- Its permanent - some women decide they want a child/more children and regret being sterilised. Procedures to reverse the sterilisation may not be successful.
- Long acting contraceptives like the Cu-IUD, Mirena and Implant are just as effective and do not require an operation.
Where can I get it?
- This procedure is provided within specialised family planning services. Your GP can refer you.