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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

About

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.
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    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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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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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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