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Permanent birth control is birth control that lasts forever. This is ideal for those people who are absolutely certain that they never want any more children, and who want to do have constant peace of mind that they will not get pregnant.

The most well-known permanent birth control measures are, without a doubt, a tubal ligation (for women) and a vasectomy (for men). If you want to permanently prevent pregnancy, and are not sure what birth control option is the best for you, we are here to help you with a list of available contraceptive methods that will last you a life time.

Tubal ligation

During a tubal ligation, which is also frequently referred to as "getting your tubes tied", a woman's fallopian tubes are permanently severed during a surgical procedure. The operation is fairly invasive and comes with a recovery period. It is the ideal option for women who are having a c-section, because they can have their tubes tied just after the cesarean has been completed. It is possible to reverse a tubal ligation, but a reversal is not always successful.


Vasectomies are the male equivalent of the tubal ligation. They are less invasive and cheaper. During a vasectomy the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis, are cut. Again, it is possible to reverse a vasectomy but the procedure is still only recommended for men who are certain they never want to have children again.

Adiana and Essure

Adiana and Essure are two non-surgical permanent birth control options that involve inserting small devices into the fallopian tubes to block them permanently. Read Essure vs Adiana for more information, comparing the two products. The basic working of both involves tissues naturally growing around the inserts to prevent eggs and sperm from coming together. Unlike tubal ligations and vasectomies, this is not a procedure that can be reversed.

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