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7. Permanent Birth Control

If you’re serious about birth control, then you may be interested in non-reversible birth control. Yes, we’re talking about both male and female sterilization.

The male operation--a vasectomy—is the more common and it is almost 100 percent effective after two months or 10 to 20 ejaculations. Usually, a vasectomy takes place in a doctor's office under local anesthesia. An incision is made on each side of the scrotum at which point the vasa deferentia are tied, blocked with clips, or cauterized. The procedure may be reversible but it is not a simple operation.  A “no-incision" procedure is also available.

Women can have their “tubes tied.” In this procedure the fallopian tubes are sealed off. This is generally done by tying, blocking with clips, or cauterizing. There is also a nonsurgical procedure that uses small plugs in the fallopian tubes to produce scar tissue over a period of three months, sealing them without incision. 

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A vasectomy usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete. After a short recovery at the doctor's office (usually less than an hour), the patient is sent home to rest.