For both men and women, voluntary surgical sterilization (VSC) is a popular and well-established method of contraception. It offers highly effective protection against pregnancy, it carries a very low risk of complications when performed according to accepted medical standards, and, as a once-only procedure, it eliminates the need for long-term contraception. Unmet need for VSC persists due to the inaccessibility and variable quality of VSC services in many developing countries.
In Pakistan, the PSI's Green Star clinic network launched Voluntary Surgical Contraception (VSC) services for women in August 2001. The purpose of this pilot project was to integrate VSC services into the already existing Green Star clinic network as an additional reproductive health service. The VSC service provides yet another family planning option by offering tubal ligation services to women who have completed their families.