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Sterilization procedures like tubal ligation are permanent, so you can’t change your mind later. Like all medical procedures, sterilization has some risks.

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Sterilization is permanent.

Sterilization is meant to be permanent. Getting a sterilization reversed is really expensive, complicated, and it doesn't always work — your fertility may never come back.

You should only get sterilized if you’re totally certain you never want to get pregnant for the rest of your life. Read more about sterilization reversal.

If you want super-effective, long-lasting birth control that’s reversible, check out IUDs and the implant.

Sterilization can have some risks.

Overall, tubal ligation is very safe, and most people don’t have any problems. But all medical procedures have some possible risks. You may have some pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, and some of the rare risks of tubal ligation can be serious. Read more about tubal ligation safety.

Sterilization doesn’t prevent STDs

Sterilization doesn’t prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms to protect yourself from 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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