Sterilization

Sterilization is a procedure that closes or blocks your fallopian tubes so you can’t get pregnant. (Your tubes are where eggs and sperm meet. If they can’t meet, you can’t get pregnant.) Guys also have a sterilization option—a vasectomy blocks the tubes that carry a man’s sperm. Talk to your doctor to learn more and be sure to ask about state and federal requirements, like age restrictions and waiting periods.

INCISION

For women, Laparoscopy, Mini-laparotomy, and Laparotomy are sterilization procedures that require an incision. Because these methods are surgical, they involve anesthesia. Recovery times vary from 1-2 days to a few weeks.

For men, an incision-based vasectomy takes about 20 minutes. It requires a shot of local anesthetic and then a doctor makes one or two incisions to the scrotum and blocks the tubes so sperm are kept out of his seminal fluid. No sperm, no pregnancy.

NON-INCISION

Adiana and Essure are procedures for women that do not involve surgery or anesthesia. The fallopian tubes are reached through the vagina, where micro-inserts are placed. These inserts cause scar tissue to grow that will then block the tubes. Recovery is “same-day” and shouldn’t impact normal activities.

The no-scalpel vasectomy method for men involves a tiny puncture that reaches his tubes, where they are then tied off, cauterized, or blocked. There’s no scarring, no stitches, and this procedure is known for healing quite fast without complications.

Real Stories


These videos will give you a sense of some people's personal experiences using this method. They are not meant to be understood as medical facts, and your experience may differ.

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