Hysteroscopic sterilisation

A minimally invasive sterilisation procedure for women

If you've decided that your family is complete, sterilisation offers a highly effective form of permanent birth control

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Hysteroscopic sterilisation is a straightforward procedure, which involves placing small, flexible micro-inserts into your fallopian tubes. Following the procedure, your body will gradually form a natural barrier around the micro-inserts, preventing any sperm from entering.

Need to know

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    Hysteroscopic sterilisation is usually done under local anaesthetic, which numbs the area to block any pain while the inserts are fitted. The procedure itself takes around ten minutes. Your consultant will place the inserts into each fallopian tube with the help with a thin, flexible telescope called a hysteroscope. The hysteroscope is gently guided through your vagina and cervix and into your uterus — so there are no cuts or scars to worry about.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Because the procedure is permanent, hysteroscopic sterilisation is only recommended if you're certain that you don't want to have any — or any more — children. Your consultant will let you know what to expect and answer any questions you may have. If you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before the procedure. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    Hysteroscopic sterilisation is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you should be able to go home shortly afterwards. It's normal to experience some mild cramping or discharge after the procedure, but this shouldn't last long. Because the inserts contain no hormones, your periods generally won't be affected. It takes around three months for your body to form a natural barrier around the inserts. You'll return for a follow-up test after three months to confirm that the inserts are placed correctly and functioning as they should be. It's important to use another form of birth control until you've had this follow-up test.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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