Female sterilisation

Female sterilisation is a surgical procedure to provide permanent contraception.

It is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy

How does it work?

The fallopian tubes are snipped or blocked so the eggs cannot travel down the tubes to meet the sperm.


  • Useful for couples who have completed their families.


  • It is permanent, and the surgical operation to reverse female sterilisation is difficult and often unsuccessful.
  • Requires a hospital stay and general anaesthetic.
  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

For more information, please visit your GP or family planning clinic.