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SterilisationTubal Occlusion

This a permanent surgical procedure that is not typically offered to young people 

How it works

  • An operation is done where the fallopian tubes (where fertilisation occurs and what carries the egg to the uterus) are cut, sealed or blocked

  • The sperm therefore cannot reach an egg

 

Advantages

  • High success rate - only 1 in 200 procedures fail

  • Does not affect sex

  • Periods are unaffected
     

Disadvantages

  • There are risks associated with surgery (although risks of serious complications are low)

  • Small increased risk of ectopic pregnancy if the procedure fails 

  • Need time to recover after the procedure and there may be some pain temporarily after the procedure