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  • Tubal sterilisation (sometimes referred to as tubal ligation or ‘having your tubes tied’) is a permanent method of contraception.
  • Using keyhole surgery, clips are put on the fallopian tubes to block the sperm and egg from meeting.
  • Your surgeon might recommend that your fallopian tubes are removed rather than clipped, to decrease your risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Tubal sterilisation does not give protection from sexually transmissible infections (STIs). 
  • The best way to reduce the risk of STIs is to use barrier methods such as condoms with all new sexual partners.

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Reviewed on: 28-03-2023