Tubal ligation - Definition

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Tubal ligation consists of a surgical procedure for sterilization that offers a permanent and effective contraceptive solution. It is conducted under general anesthetic, and consists of closing off the access to the fallopian tubes. To do this, there are two possible methods: severing or clamping the tubes. This procedure is performed using laparoscopy, a minimally-invasive method that enables a long, flexible instrument to be inserted into the body via a small incision. Tubal ligation offers an effective contraception method that is immediately effective, with around 99.6% proven reliability.