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Pall Mall Medical offers the comfort of private facilities combined with high standards of care from experienced consultant gynaecologists, who perform a range of procedures at the hospital, including female sterilisation. The surgeon you meet for your consultation will perform your surgery and follow up on your care.
Female sterilisation is a permanent method of contraception where an expert consultant gynaecologist will cut, tie or block your fallopian tubes, meaning that sperm won’t be able to reach the egg and fertilise it.
During the procedure, the tubes are permanently blocked with clips or rings, which is known as a ‘tubal occlusion’. Alternatively, the tubes can be cut and then stitched which is called ‘tubal litigation’. Cutting and stitching the tubes makes it more difficult to reverse the sterilisation should you change your mind in the future, as the procedure destroys around 4cm of a tube, making it more difficult to reconnect the tube at a later date.
Female sterilisation is usually performed during a laparoscopy which is a type of ‘keyhole’ surgery. So the surgeon can access your fallopian tubes, they will make a small incision in your abdomen, usually near the belly button, and insert a tube-like telescope called a laparoscope. The surgeon will make other small incisions into the abdomen to pass through the instruments needed to close or cut the fallopian tubes.
The operation usually takes around 30 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic so you should be able to go home the same day.
To see if the procedure has been successful, you may be asked to have a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test or a laparoscopic dye test – both tests involve passing dye through the fallopian tubes to check that they are not open. It’s advisable to continue with your regular contraception until your next period after your sterilisation.
Sterilisation is generally very effective but there is still a small chance (around 1 in 200) of becoming pregnant each month after the procedure.
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