Male and Female Sterilisation
Male sterilisation (a vasectomy) is a surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man’s sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy. It’s usually carried out under local anaesthetic, where you’re awake but don’t feel any pain, and takes about 15 minutes. You should only have a vasectomy if you’re certain you don’t want any more children or don’t want children at all. Once you have had a vasectomy, it’s very difficult to reverse it, so consider all options and use another method of contraception until you’re completely sure. For more information on male sterilisation please visit the NHS website
Female sterilisation is an operation to permanently prevent pregnancy. The fallopian tubes are blocked or sealed to prevent the eggs from reaching the sperm and becoming fertilised. Almost any woman can be sterilised, but it should only be considered by women who don’t want any more children or don’t want children at all. Once you’re sterilised it’s very difficult to reverse it, so consider all options before making your decision. Sterilisation reversal isn’t usually available on the NHS. For more information on female sterilisation please visit the NHS website.