Female sterilisation

Female sterilisation is a surgical procedure to provide permanent contraception.

The failure rate is one pregnancy in 200 women every year.

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.