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Tubal ligation (sometimes called female sterilization) is one of the most effective kinds of birth control. It’s permanent and more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

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How effective is tubal ligation?

Tubal ligation is really great at preventing pregnancy — more than 99% effective. This means that fewer than 1 out of 100 people who have a tubal ligation (get sterilized) will get pregnant each year. That’s as good as it gets when it comes to pregnancy prevention.

The reason why tubal ligation and other types of sterilization work so well is that it protects you from pregnancy around the clock for the rest of your life. So once you have the procedure and your doctor says it’s safe for you to have sex without any other birth control, that’s pretty much it — you don’t have to do anything else to prevent pregnancy. Sterilization is get-it-and-forget-it birth control.

Not ready for permanent birth control, but like the idea of a super effective and convenient method? Check out the IUD and the implant — they’re also more than 99% effective and last several years, but a doctor or nurse can remove them at any time if you want to get pregnant.

Remember, tubal ligation is super effective at preventing pregnancy, but it doesn’t protect you or your partner from STDs. Use condoms to help lower your chances of getting or spreading STDs.

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Sterilization

  • 99% effective

  • Costs up to $6,000, but can be $0

  • Surgical procedure

  • Do it once, lasts forever

Sterilization doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom to help stop STDs.
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