Permanent methods is a highly effective, permanent and safe option for men and women who no longer wish to have children.
In 2013, permanent methods delivered by our network provided 59,740 CYPs and averted 21,020 DALYs.
There is a high expressed unmet need for permanent methods mainly because services are not always accessible or affordable in many developing countries.
Female sterilization, also referred to as tubal ligation, prevents pregnancy by blocking the fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Although use varies widely by country, female sterilization is the most widely used modern method of contraception in the world.
Vasectomy is one of two contraceptive method choices for men. Vasectomy blocks the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles to the penis. Unlike female sterilization, a vasectomy is not fully effective until three months after the procedure, during which time a second contraceptive method should be used.
Sterilization and even more so vasectomy carry a low risk of complications when performed according to accepted medical standards. Quality assurance of services is a vital piece of service delivery as both female sterilization and vasectomy require a small medical procedure.
Making a Difference
Since 2001, our Greenstar clinic network in Pakistan has included permanent method services for women in their contraception mix, allowing them to offer a wider range of modern family planning options. To date, the Greenstar network has served 211,338 women following their wish to receive a permanent method. In 2013 alone, Greenstarprovided 5,888 women with a permanent method. In 2013, PASMO Guatemala also offered male and female sterilization to clients within the context of informed choice.