Reversal of female sterilisation

What is reversal of female sterilisation?

Female sterilisation is an operation to permanently prevent pregnancy (also called operative occlusion of the fallopian tubes). The fallopian tubes are blocked or sealed to prevent the eggs from reaching the sperm and becoming fertilised.

Depending on the method used, you would either have a general or local anaesthetic. It is a permanent procedure and is 99% successful. The reversal of female sterilisation is surgery to try and reconstruct the fallopian tubes, but it does not guarantee the return of a woman’s fertility.

Not normally funded treatment or procedure

The reversal of female sterilisation is not routinely commissioned as sterilisation is deemed to be a permanent method of contraception. This means (for patients who DO NOT meet the above criteria) the CCG will only fund the treatment if an Individual Funding Request (IFR) application proves exceptional clinical need and that is supported by the CCG.

Advice and guidance

  • For more information, search for ‘can I get a sterilisation reversal on the NHS’ at
  • Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.

Or visit the following websites:

Treatment policy for patients covered by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

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