Description: Female sterilisation is the most popular form of contraception in the world. It is a safe and effective method of contraception for women who have completed their families or for those who do not wish to have any more children.
The procedure: Female Sterilisation works by sealing the fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. This prevents the egg and sperm meeting, so pregnancy can’t occur. The eggs are just reabsorbed by the body. The procedure itself is very straightforward and is only performed by highly trained gynaecologists. It is carried out under general anaesthetic or sedation and clips are used to seal the fallopian tubes. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.
Considerations: It is a permanent method, so you should only consider it if you either do not want children or have all the children you want. If you are not sure about this form of contraception choose a different method. Female sterilisation however offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.
Effectiveness: Female sterilisation is over 99% effective. Only about 1 in 200 women will still become pregnant after having a sterilisation.