Sterilization should only be undertaken after careful thought and should be considered irreversible.
The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic as a day-case procedure.
A small, fibre-optic 'telescope' called a laparoscope
is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. Carbon
dioxide gas is then pumped into the abdomen to separate
If the tubes are difficult to see through the laparoscope,
Women who have been using the oral contraceptive
Period type cramps can occur after the operation,
but it should be possible to return to normal activities
There is a small failure rate (about 1 in 500),