Tubligation (TL)

How it works

The Fallopian tubes are cut, sealed or blocked by an operation. This stops the egg and sperm meeting.

  • This is a permanent method, suitable for people who are sure they never want children or do not want any more children.
  • It is almost 100% effective.
  • It does not interrupt sex.
  • Once the operation has worked, you don’t have to think about contraception.
  • Periods are unaffected.
  • It cannot easily be reversed.
  • All operations carry some risk, but the risk of serious complications is low.
  • There is a small increased risk of ectopic pregnancy if female sterilisation fails.
  • You will need a general or local anaesthetic.
  • Should not be chosen if in any doubt, and counselling is important.
  • You may experience discomfort or some pain for a short time after sterilisation.
  • It is important to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a while after the procedure.