Tubal ligation

A permanent contraception method for women.

An effective surgical procedure for providing a permanent contraceptive solution

Tubal ligation is a contraceptive method suitable for women who are sure they do not want anymore children.

Tubal ligation involves a short medical procedure, usually 15-20 minutes long, and once completed offers highly effective protection against unexpected pregnancy.

It also has no effect on a woman's hormones, so there is no effect on a woman or her partner's sex life.

If you're considering tubal ligation, or thinking about using a new method of contraception, it's a good idea to have a full consultation.

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How tubal ligation works

Tubal ligation involves closing a woman’s fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes normally carry an unfertilised egg to the womb.

Closing the fallopian tubes prevents the egg and sperm meeting, so a pregnancy cannot occur. Female sterilisation is a quick and safe surgical operation. It needs to be done by a trained health provider.

Tubal ligation advantages

Tubal ligation can offer several advantages compared with other contraceptive methods, including:

  • It is a permanent, so you do not need to remember to use contraception again
  • It doesn’t interrupt sex or affect your sex life. A woman’s sex drive after tubal ligation will be the same as before, as hormone levels remain the same
  • It has minimal side effects.

These benefits come from a successful tubal ligation procedure performed by a trained provider.

Things to consider

When deciding if a tubal ligation procedure is right for you, here are a few quick facts you should consider:

  • Tubal ligation is a permanent, irreversible method of contraception. Therefore, it should only be adopted by those who either do not want children or already have the desired number of children.
  • Using this method does not offer protection against sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

In case of any questions or doubts before opting for this method, women are advised to consult a doctor or arrange a meeting with our clinic staff.

What to expect at your appointment

The procedure is performed by a highly trained doctor and takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

It is carried out under local anaesthetic and sedation, using simple techniques to seal the fallopian tubes. After this procedure has been performed, an egg cannot move from the ovary through the tubes (a woman has two Fallopian tubes), and eventually to the uterus.

Tubal ligation aftercare

After recovering from the initial anaesthetic of the procedure and completing a few minor checks, you'll be allowed to go home.

Our trained staff will provide you with a detailed guide of what to expect after the surgery, and are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

It is completely normal to feel some discomfort and you should consider a few days of rest immediately after the procedure.

Some women experience vaginal bleeding or spotting. We recommend using a sanitary towel if you experience any bleeding. Discomfort, similar to period pain, is also common, and you may be prescribed painkillers for this. Contact us or your doctor for advice if you are still experiencing excessive pain after taking painkillers.

Depending if you have stitches and/or a dressing over your wound, we will advise caring for your wound following the surgery. Generally, however, you should be able to resume showering or bathing as normal once the dressing is removed.

Your sex drive should not be affected by the operation and you can begin having sex as soon as it is comfortable to do so. Long-term partners may not need to use other forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy, but remember that tubal ligation will not protect you from STIs.

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