Common Questions about Surgical Female Sterilization (Tubal Ligation) & the Filshie Clip System

March 14, 2011: Authored by: Alpha Health Asia Staff

Will a woman’s femininity be affected?
No. A woman’s body will continue to produce hormones and should not cause changes to skin, breasts or weight gain

Will the surgery affect sexual drive?
The surgery should not affect a woman’s sex drive; it should not change.

How long does the Filshie Clip Procedure take, will I need to stay in the hospital?
Application of the Filshie Clip System is done under local anesthesia; the procedure is generally a “day” procedure with overnight hospital stay not required.

Can Female Sterilization via the Filshie System be reversed?
Please note- surgical contraception should be regarded as permanent, but it is possible to reverse the Filshie Clip system. Reversing the procedure requires a surgery to re-join the fallopian tubes; the clinically proven success rate for reversing the procedure is 90%.

When Can a Tubal Ligation be Performed?
A tubal ligation can be performed right after having a baby (via either vaginal or cesarean birth) or any time during your menstrual cycle.

Will I be sterile right after the Filshie Clip Procedure?

How soon after the sterilization procedure can you have sex?
Please follow the advice of your doctor, the general guideline is as soon as you feel comfortable.

Will the sterilization protect a woman from sexually transmitted infections?
No. The sterilization is to protect against pregnancy and will not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections.

How long does Recovery from Tubal Ligation Take?
Your doctor will advise you on exact details of your recovery, but generally 3-4 days are required off work for initial rest and recovery and most women recovery fully within a week or ten days.

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