Over 99% effective.
Failure rate 1 in 2,000 over a lifetime
How does it work?
Male Sterilisation is a permanent method, which cuts or occludes the tubes carrying the sperm so that there are no sperm in the semen when the man ejaculates or comes. It requires a small operation under local anaesthetic, which lasts 10-15 minutes. A hospital stay is not required.
Possible Side Effects
- Bruising, swelling, discomfort or pain for a short while after the operation.
- Wound infection.
- Rarely, the tubes join up after the operation so that the method may fail.
Advantages / Benefits
- No need to remember contraception.
- For those who have completed their families.
- For those who want a permanent contraceptive method and are sure they do not want more children.
Who can provide it?
Your GP or Sexual Health clinic will be able to arrange referral to a specialist who will do the operation.
- It is not generally possible to make the tubes open again once the operation is done.
If in any doubt, it is better to use other methods.
Counselling is important.
- You will need to rest for 24-36 hours and avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week.
- It usually takes a few months for all the sperm to disappear and other contraception must be used during this time.
- Samples of semen will need to be checked at intervals after the operation.