Male and Female Sterilisation

Male and Female Sterilisation


Sterilisation should be considered permanent surgical intervention to prevent pregnancy.

In men, the vas deferens and in women the fallopian tubes are cut, to prevent sperm or eggs from meeting.

Male sterilisation (vasectomy) is easy, quick and effective when you’ve decided you don’t want any risk of pregnancy – or have completed your family.

In women, sterilisation involves slightly more complicated surgery. Many gynaecologists recommend the IUS while you wait for surgery, as it’s so reliable.

Many women decide to keep their Mirena® instead of having surgical sterilisation.

The choice is yours, but you should know that any surgery carries a risk and no method of contraception including sterilisation (except no sex/ celibacy) can guarantee 100% protection against pregnancy.

However, today the long acting reversible methods of contraception are considered more reliable than female sterilisation. (e.g. IUS, IUD, Injections, Implant)


Female surgical sterilisation

Tubal ligation

This involves cutting or tying a woman’s fallopian tubes to prevent a sperm and egg meeting.

It should be considered to be an irreversible (permanent) method of contraception / birth control.

There are various surgical options and techniques, all of which involve major surgery.

However, new form of female sterilisation has been developed, that is is cheaper, quicker, safer and easier, called Essure®

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