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Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation (female surgical contraception)

A permanent contraception method for women

A surgical procedure for providing a permanent contraceptive solution
Tubal ligation is a contraceptive method suitable for women who are sure they don’t want anymore children.

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

It also has no effect on a woman’s hormones, so will have no effect on a woman and her partner’s sex life.

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.

How tubal ligation work

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.

The tubes can be closed in several ways. One method is to make one small cut in the lower stomach to see the tubes on each side of the womb, and then cut the tubes. The other method is to place a small camera and other instruments through a hole in the stomach to see the tubes, which are then clipped.

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