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Updated 06 February 2014

The benefits of sterilisation

Sterilisation is a permanent form of contraception for men and women who never want more children.

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  • Available for both men and women who choose not to have any more children.
  • Lifelong, safe, very effective.
  • No pills, injections or condoms to remember.
  • Female sterilisation is immediately effective.
  • Male sterilisation is effective after 3 months (sperm test negative).
  • Sterilisation can be legally done from 18 years of age.
  • Sexual enjoyment without the worry of pregnancy.
  • Sex is not interrupted for contraception.
  • Safe and simple surgical procedure.
  • Usually performed under local anaesthetic.
  • Male sterilisation only takes about 15 minutes.
  • Females can be sterilised straight after giving birth.
  • Does not affect male or female hormone production.
  • Does not interfere with other medication.
  • HIV positive men and women can be sterilised.
  • No long term side effects.
  • No hospitalisation required for low risk patients.
  • Free at provincial hospitals.

Source: Association for Voluntary Sterilisation of South Africa

 
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