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Types of Contraception


Female sterilisation
Female sterilisation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, but can be carried out under local anaesthetic, depending on the method used. The surgery involves blocking or sealing the fallopian tubes, which link the ovaries to the womb (uterus). This prevents the woman’s eggs from reaching sperm and becoming fertilised. Eggs will still be released from the ovaries as normal, but they will be absorbed naturally into the woman's body.

Male Sterilisation
A Vasectomy (or Male Sterilisation) is a minor operation to cut, block or seal the tubes that carry sperm from a man's testicles to the penis. This prevents sperm from reaching the seminal fluid (semen), which is ejaculated from the penis during sex. There will be no sperm in the semen, so a woman's egg can't be fertilised. Vasectomy is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, and takes about 15 minutes.

Embrace does not offer sterilisation services but your GP will be able to advise you on how to proceed with sterilisation.

You can download leaflets on all forms of contraception from the Family Planning Association's website.

Other Methods of Contraception