female sterilisation

FEMALE STERILISATION

There’s no going back.

IT’S PERMANENT

FEMALE STERILISATION

Sterilisation involves removing the body's ability to release eggs into the womb with a surgical procedure. Generally speaking it is non-reversible, so it is only a choice for women who never want to have children, or who don't wish to have any more.

 

Sterilisation involves an operation which can be performed under a local or a general anaesthetic, and you can usually go home on the same day. During the surgery the fallopian tubes are cut, sealed using an instrument with an electrical current, or closed with clamps or rings. Once done, Sterilisation doesn't affect libido or your ability to have sex, but it's important to consult your doctor or nurse while you make the decision. They will help you weigh the benefits, risks and any potential drawbacks, and inform you of other long-acting contraceptives, which are also highly effective.

HOW IT MEASURES UP

Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.

EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE

Sterilisation is a highly effective, and permanent, method of contraception that is performed.

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EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE

Since Sterilisation is a procedure performed by a doctor, it is the most effective with typical use.

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Hormones

No. Female Sterilisation is hormone-free.

Ease of Use

Female Sterilisation is permanent. Once the procedure is done, it’s done.

Your Period

Female Sterilisation has no impact on menstruation.

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If you want to report a side effect of medication, please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in your contraception package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme at https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.
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