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Many couples will forgo using the birth control pill or other forms that work like this when trying to prevent getting pregnant. There are so many side effects and for some woman the change in their bodies is so severe that it might take years to get back to normal. Instead they will choose the sterilization form of birth control. The two most common forms of sterilization is a vasectomy and tubal ligation.


The vasectomy is the procedure that is performed on the man. During this procedure the surgeon will numb the area and create a small incision. When he is inside he will separate the vas deferens and tie them off, singe them, or clip them. This will help to prevent the sperm from traveling from the man and into the woman during intercourse.

This method can cost between $500 to $1,000 and is performed in the doctor’s office. It takes about fifteen minutes and the man is allowed to go home the same day. He is required to wear a support for up to a week or as long as it takes for him to heal. Most men will heal within two days. However, it will take at least six to eight weeks before the remainder of the sperm is removed from the body. If he is not careful he can get a woman pregnant during that window.

Tubal Ligation

During this procedure that surgeon will give anesthesia to the woman. While she is asleep he will open her up and tie, clip, or cut her fallopian tubes to prevent the ovaries and eggs from being able to travel to the womb. When the surgeon is finished he will stitch her up and she will need to stay overnight in the hospital.

This method will cost anywhere between $6,000 to $20,000. It requires more supplies than the vasectomy because a large incision is needed to be made. While the man can recover in two days the woman will take at least six weeks. Both the tubal ligation and vasectomy have very good success rates.

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