Sterilization is considered a permanent method of birth control. Sterilization procedures for women are tubal ligation (commonly known as “getting your tubes tied”) and Essure®. This also includes vasectomy.
Tubal ligation is a procedure that cuts or blocks the fallopian tubes so that sperm can’t reach an egg. There are several different procedures that may be used to cut, block, clip or seal the tubes.
Essure® is a procedure where tiny metal coils are put into the fallopian tubes. Scar tissue grows around the tubes over time, which blocks the fallopian tubes.
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Vasectomy is a procedure in which a man’s vas deferens are cut and tied off. After a vasectomy a man will still ejaculate semen but it will not have any sperm in it. Click here to learn more about the male anatomy
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All of these procedures need to be performed by a doctor in an office or health clinic.