What is it?
Sterilization, also called “getting your tubes tied,” is a safe surgical procedure that permanently prevents pregnancy.
How does it work?
Sterilization permanently closes or blocks your fallopian tubes. This prevents eggs from leaving your ovaries so they don’t come in contact with sperm. Women who get their tubes tied still get their period – they just can’t get pregnant.
How effective is it?
Sterilization is one of the most effective forms of birth control, as it is permanent and over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Where can I find it?
Sterilization can be performed at a doctor’s office, hospital, health clinic or many Planned Parenthood centers. Some states have age restrictions or waiting periods, so be sure to ask when you call to make an appointment.