Surgical sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. But sterilization is difficult to reverse if you change your mind, and it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Both men and women can be sterilized. For women, a tubal ligation is performed; for men, a vasectomy is performed. Women have the option of tubal ligation surgery or the placement of a device called Essure. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage on surgical sterilization, what it involves, who does it, and much more.
What Happens When I Get a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is an operation for a man, so that their partner can’t get pregnant. Learn how well it works, how it's done, and more.
What Happens When I Get My Fallopian Tubes Tied?
Are you considering getting your tubes tied for birth control? You’ll want to know what’s involved in tubal ligation, how effective it is, and whether it can be reversed if you change your mind later on.
Birth Control and Sterilization
WebMD explains various sterilization procedures for women and men.
How Can You Reverse a Vasectomy?
Changed your mind about having that vasectomy? They can almost always be reversed. Find out what to expect.
Permanent Birth Control: His and Her Options
If you're sure you don't want kids, find out what's involved with permanent birth control options like vasectomy and tubal ligation.
Which Type of Long-Term Birth Control is Best for You?
Tired of taking birth control pills? There are lots of other contraception choices that need less action on your part and that you can stop at any time.
Getting Your Tubes Tied
Some women complain of serious medical problems after having their tubes tied. They even have a name for it: post-tubal ligation syndrome. But doctors have yet to find anything wrong.
Will Zap Replace Snip?
For guys who shudder at the thought of a sharp scalpel getting anywhere near their groin, new advances are making the decision to get a vasectomy a little less agonizing.