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Permanent contraception

Permanent contraception

What is permanent contraception?

  • Permanent contraception is a term given to a group of contraceptive methods that permanently prevent pregnancy.


  • They are the most effective type of contraception.


  • They are an option for those who have decided that they never want to have children, or their family is complete.

many different permanent contraception

What are the different types of permanent contraception?

There are two types of permanent contraception:


  • Female sterilisation (tubal occlusion)

  • Male sterilisation (vasectomy)

A note on gender


Gender identification is a personal journey. Not everyone with a male body is a man and not everyone with a female body is a woman. This information is for people of all genders including transgender, non-binary and intersex individuals.

permanent methods


Male sterilisation

For people with a male reproductive system. A medical procedure performed by a doctor or nurse that blocks the tubes carrying sperm.

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Female sterilisation
(tubal occlusion)

For people with a female reproductive system. A medical procedure performed by a doctor or nurse that blocks the fallopian tubes so the eggs cannot travel down the tubes to meet the sperm.

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Your contraception, your choice

Being able to control if and when you have children is a big part of maintaining your health. Learn about the contraceptive options available in the UK to help you find your perfect fit.


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