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Clinical policy
Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB
Output type
Clinical Policies & Evidence-based Interventions

Reversal of Sterilisation

July 2022 v1.0

Sterilisation is a procedure by which a person is rendered permanently unable to produce children. This is called a vasectomy in men and operative occlusion of the fallopian tubes in women. Reversal of sterilisation is a surgical procedure that involves the reconstruction of the fallopian tubes in women and vas deferens in men.

Reversal of sterilisation, both male and female, is not normally funded.

Sterilisation is provided under the NHS on the understanding that it is an irreversible procedure. Patients are informed and written consent is sought before the operation is carried out. 

Trust clinical governance systems should continue to embrace good practice guidelines from the Royal Colleges regarding the giving of information and informed consent prior to sterilisation.