Sterilization is the most common permanent method of birth control that a man or woman may choose. When choosing a sterilization method, you should be completely certain that you do not desire a future pregnancy ever. Although sterilization, or a tubal ligation, for women and vasectomy for men can sometimes be reversed, the surgery is much more complicated than the original procedure and may not be successful.
If you are interested in temporary birth control, you may wish to read our blog here:
Benefits of Permanent Birth Control
Why should anyone consider permanent birth control?
Common reasons for permanent birth control are:
- It is a highly effective form of birth control
- Permanent birth control is more effective than most temporary methods of birth control, particularly barrier methods such as the condom and diaphragm.
- No hormones involved, so no issues pertaining to the hormonal imbalance
- The hassles of daily birth control routine can be completely forgotten
- No worry about an unplanned pregnancy, hence, the ability to have sex when and where you want, not having to take hormones eases the stress!
- There are no changes in libido (sexual desire), menstrual cycle, or breastfeeding ability.
- The procedure is usually performed as a day procedure, done in an outpatient setting.
Is permanent birth control a good option for me?
Your suitability for permanent birth control depends a lot on your life circumstances. You should opt for permanent birth control when you are sure that:
- You are done having children
- You want a permanent method of birth control
- You constantly worry about having an undesired pregnancy
Sterilisation option for females
When the decision of sterilisation is confirmed, you should make yourself aware about the various surgical and nonsurgical procedures available.
Permanent options of sterilization for females include:
Involves closing the woman's fallopian tubes by blocking, tying or cutting them so an egg cannot travel to the uterus and neither the sperm can reach the egg. The procedure is done as a day case procedure and requires an incision to be performed under general anesthesia. It generally requires 4 to 6 days to recover from getting your “tubes tied.”
Tubal Occlusion with clips or rings
Fallopian tubes are occluded usually with clips or rings by laparoscopy.
Tubal occlusion through a Hysteroscope
This is a new method, which introduces an expanding coil into each tube via a hysteroscope
Sterilisation option for males:
A Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for men where the ‘vas deferens’ (the tubes that carry sperm through the urethra) are blocked to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. The ‘vas deferens’ of the male is either removed or tied up through a small incision on the scrotum. The procedure requires an incision or puncture in the scrotum. The recovery usually takes 2 to 3 days. The procedure can be done under local anaesthetic in a treatment room and is done as a day case.
Benefits of vasectomy:
- Involves no hormones.
- The procedure is quick.
- It is performed as an outpatient procedure in a treatment room
Contraception are preventive methods to help avoid unwanted pregnancies. In addition to helping families plan pregnancies, there are legitimate health and wellness benefits associated with contraception. If you are unsure which option is most suitable for you, Pall Mall Medical have a range of male and female GPs and Consultant Gynaecologists & Urologists who can clarify all your doubts and suggest the best to you.
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