Sterilisation

(Permanent Contraception)

Summary

There are many methods of contraception, preventing a woman’s egg from being fertilised by a man’s sperm. One permanent method of contraception is female sterilisation.

A laparoscopic sterilisation involves your consultant blocking or sealing both of your fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes carry the egg to the womb, therefore this procedure prevents you from becoming pregnant.

There are alternative effective long-term contraceptives, all of which can be performed by your consultant or GP:

  • Coil or IUCD
  • Hormone implants
  • Men can have a vasectomy

You may have sterilisation performed at any time of your cycle; your hormones will not be affected and your periods will continue. You will need to use contraception for the month prior to your sterilisation and for up to three months after. After this time, you can be assured the sterilisation has a 99% success rate.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£3,000Included£3,000
    Guide priceNil£3,000Nil£3,000

Female sterilisation is performed under general anaesthetic and can take around twenty minutes. The surgery involves blocking or sealing the fallopian tubes, which link the ovaries to the womb (uterus). The advantages of the laparoscopic approach are less scarring and quicker recovery.

A small incision near your belly button will be made to insert an instrument to fill your abdominal cavity with gas (carbon dioxide). Small incisions will also be made near your bikini line so to use a telescope to examine your pelvic organs and insert instruments to perform the sterilisation surgery.

Your fallopian tubes will be blocked by clips. This prevents the woman’s eggs from reaching sperm and becoming fertilised. After the operation your eggs will still be released from the ovaries as normal, but they will be absorbed naturally into your body.

Depending on your progress, you may be able to go home on the same day; however be prepared to stay over-night. Do not drive for at least twenty four hours after your procedure, not until you feel you have recovered sufficiently. The KIMS medical team will be available if you feel you need to ask any questions post-operation.

Rest for two or three days afterwards, taking prescribed painkillers if you feel you need them. You should be able to return to work after five days depending on the type of work you do.

To find out more

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr David Penman

    TD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Rowan Connell

    MB BS MD MRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Andreas Papadopoulos

    MB BS BSc MD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Professor Omer Devaja

    MD MSc PhD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Miss Anne Henderson

    MA MB BChir MA MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Labia Reduction
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Menopause and HRT Clinic
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Steve Attard-Montalto

    MD MRCOG MD (lond)

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Hany Habeeb

    MB Bch FRCOG

    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Labia Reduction
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Abhishek Gupta

    MBBS MD MRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation