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What happens during female sterilisation?

Female sterilisation is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 20 minutes.  In most cases it is performed as day case surgery meaning you should be able to go home the same day.

Your surgeon will make a small incision (cut) in the lower part of your abdomen. They will access your fallopian tubes and either cut or clip them to ensure any eggs cannot move to your uterus. Your surgical wound will be closed using stitches.

Recently this traditional method of female sterilisation has been replaced by keyhole surgery. Visit our laparoscopic sterilisation treatment page to learn more about this procedure.  

Going home after female sterilisation

You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home following your surgery.

You may have some pain and bruising in your abdomen. You may also have some vaginal bleeding and feel pain similar to period pain.  These symptoms should settle over the first few days. Take over the counter pain relief medication if needed.

We will give you instructions on how to care for your wound. You may need to return to our outpatient department to have your stitches removed.
Most women recover quickly from laparoscopic sterilisation. As with any operation there could be complications:

Specific complication of female sterilisation may include:

  • Damage to other organs
  • Failed sterilisation (rare)

Note: Sterilisation does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. You should continue to use contraception such as condoms if you are not sure of your partner’s sexual health.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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