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Female Sterilization (Tubal Ligation)


What Is It?

Surgical procedure to separate and seal the fallopian tube


How Does It Work?

  • Egg and sperm cannot meet
  • Prevents fertilization

How Is It Used?

  • Local or general anesthesia is used
  • A surgical procedure is done to cut, clip or block the tubes
  • This method is permanent

Effectiveness:

99.5%
Some methods are more effective than others


Benefits:

  • Permanent
  • Does not interfere with sex

Possible Concerns:

  • May require a waiting period (Some restrictions related to age and number of previous pregnancies may apply depending on provider)
  • Surgery may cause adverse reaction to anesthetic or infection and bleeding
  • Temporary pain
  • If pregnancy does happen, risk of tubal pregnancy is high. Any symptoms of pregnancy
    should be reported to clinician immediately for evaluation

DOES NOT REDUCE RISK OF HIV/AIDS OR STDs





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