Permanent Sterilizaton

Prevent unintended pregnancies with permanent sterilization offered at Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic.

Permanent Sterilization methods are appropriate for women who have completed their child-bearing or are absolutely sure that they never want to bear children. The following methods are not reversible procedures.

Tubes tied - birth control, permanent sterilization

Surgical Sterilization

  • greater than 99% effective
  • for women a tubal ligation (having your “tubes tied”) is provided
  • for men a vasectomy is provided
  • these procedures are considered permanent and irreversible
  • you will no longer be able to get pregnant
  • these surgical procedures are performed by a healthcare professional
  • these methods do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Essure® offers permanent sterilization for women.

Tubal Implant Sterilization (Essure®)

  • non-surgical implant system
  • greater than 99% effective
  • there is only 1 tubal implant currently available named Essure®
  • this method is considered permanent and irreversible
  • you MUST continue to use alternative birth control methods for the first 3 months after having the procedure.
  • the success of the procedure must be confirmed by a Hystero Salpingo Gram (HSG), 3 months after the procedure
  • this method does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

For more information please visit the Essure® (

If you’re not sure which procedure would be best for you, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to speak with our gynecologist. We’re here to help make your decision-making easier and the best decision for you.

Common questions

Does getting your tubes tied stop your period?

During tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are cut, tied or blocked to permanently prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligation prevents an egg from traveling from the ovaries through the fallopian tubes and blocks sperm from traveling up the fallopian tubes to the egg. The procedure doesn’t affect your menstrual cycle.