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Sterilisation

If you don’t want (any more) children, you can be sterilised. 

  • Sterilisation is done by means of surgery.  
  • For a man the operation is simpler than for a woman.  
  • Immediately after sterilisation the woman is infertile.  
  • A man can still produce fertile semen during the first six weeks after surgery.

For women who are sure that they don’t want any more children, sterilisation can be a permanent solution to prevent pregnancy.  

  • When a woman is sterilised, the Fallopian tubes are tied.  
  • The eggs can no longer reach the womb, and fertilisation is impossible.  
  • There are two methods of sterilisation: through the abdominal wall or through the vagina.  Both operations are done in the hospital.

How is sterilisation done?

  • The sterilisation of a woman is done under anaesthesia.  
  • The surgeon makes two small incisions.  One near the belly button and one just along the line of the pubic hair.  
  • You can usually go home the same day or the next day.  You may have some stomach-ache during a few days and a swollen feeling.  This is normal. 
  • Make sure that you take it easy the first three days.  
  • After ten days the stitches are removed.

When are you protected against pregnancy?

You are normally immediately protected against pregnancy after the operation.

What do you notice of sterilisation?

  • There is a small risk of complications.  
  • Contact your doctor if you are feverish or feel sick, if you continuously feel an increasing pain in your stomach or shoulder, if your stomach becomes hard or if pus comes out of the wounds.

What are the risks of sterilisation?

  • Sterilisation holds no risk for your health.  
  • Your hormones keep working, there is no influence on your period or libido.  
  • It is important to talk about this method with your doctor because it is a final form of contraception. 
  • Few doctors will choose this method if you are young.