Sterilisation is a serious procedure that is very difficult to reverse. Reversal is not usually available on the NHS.
Your specialist may refuse to carry out this procedure if they do not believe it is in your best interest and/or you have not fully considered the implications of such an operation.
It is recommended that you discuss this operation with your partner, but this is not a legal requirement.
You must continue using contraception until your operation and after the operation until you have your next period.
You will be given a pregnancy test prior to the procedure to ensure you are not pregnant. After the operation, the risk of ectopic pregnancy is much higher.
Your gynaecologist will make several small cuts on your abdomen so they can insert surgical instruments, as well as a small telescope (laparoscope) to be able to see inside your abdomen and perform the operation.
There are multiple methods of sterilisation:
Ruchira is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with her NHS practice based at Birmingham Women's Hospital in Edgbaston. She is the Clinical Director of Gynaecology at her NHS Trust.
Ruchira is a reviewer for European Journal of Obstetrics and gynaecology. She is also a Senior clinical examiner and Honorary lecturer for University of Birmingham.