Sterilisation is a permanent form of contraception which will prevent pregnancy for ever. It's only suitable for people who never want children, or who do not want any more children.

Both men and women can be sterilised. Women can have an operation to cut or block their fallopian tubes. This means that eggs will never be able to reach the womb. Men can have the tubes which carry the sperm cut so that they do not produce sperm when they ejaculate (this is called a vasectomy).

If you are considering sterilisation, you should spend some time researching it carefully and talk to your doctor, a nurse or a counsellor. If you would like more information, contact Ask Brook on 0808 802 1234. Your call will be confidential. That means we won't tell anyone about it.

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