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Female sterilization

Female sterilization (a.k.a. Tubal Ligation)

 What is involved?

Laparoscopic or keyhole surgeons have been performing tubal ligation for many years. A small incision is made in the umbilicus (navel) and another 0.5cm incision in the lower abdomen. This allows access to the fallopian tubes where two small plastic and titanium clips are placed across the tube. The entire procedure takes 20 minutes and is performed under general anaesthesia as a day surgery case.

Post-operatively there is some abdominal discomfort for up to a week however you should be able to return to normal activities within 2 days.

Tubal ligation is highly effective and will have no effect on the menstrual cycle. There are a few occasions where menstrual periods will become heavier however this is merely due to the fact that the woman will have stopped taking the contraceptive pill (which generally lightens menstrual flow) following her procedure.

The failure (pregnancy) rate is quoted as 1:300 – 1: 500.


A/Prof. Reyftmann is experienced in tubal ligation and would be happy to provide further information if desired. If you wish to organize a personal consultation please call 0242262844 to make an appointment.

Genea Accredited

Dr Reyftmann is a Genea Accredited Surgeon.