Sterilisation

Laparoscopic sterilisation (Figure 1) is the most commonly used surgical method of female sterilisation worldwide.

Figure 1 Schematic image of laparoscopic sterilisation

Over 30% of the women worldwide using family planning opt for a permanent form of sterilisation.

Despite being a minor surgical intervention, the laparoscopic method of sterilisation is a significant treatment, carrying with it risks to the patient, including the risk of infection or even death in some cases.

Currently, there exist more sophisticated methods for sterilisation. These are based on the principle of damage to the Fallopian walls, after which scar tissue forms on the damaged site, closing off the tubes.

Ovalastic

Ovalastic is an entirely new product, developed from a technology that has been successfully used for more than 35 years. The method is non-invasive and does not require surgery. It uses a soft flexible implant, to “block” the Fallopian tubes without damaging the tissue.

It can rightfully claim to be the most woman-friendly product available.

Experience

Technology that has been successfully used for more than 35 years

The treatment

Once the decision has been made not to have any (more) children, various options regarding contraception are available.

Some act temporarily, such as condoms, the pill, contraceptive injections, hormone implants or IUDs. Others are permanent, including surgical sterilisation.

Ovalastic is recommended as a permanent sterilisation solution

The entire treatment takes less than 15 minutes
No wounds or scars
No narcosis
Very woman-friendly
Reliable and safe
Outpatient procedure

Ovalastic, fast and friendly

This outpatient procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes and there is no requirement for narcosis. If required, a local anaesthetic is applied to the cervix only.

Your gynaecologist will examine the womb via the vagina, using a hysteroscope (thin tube with a mini-camera).

 

A tiny amount of Ovalastic (just enough to fill the tube) is inserted into the Fallopian tubes by means of a catheter. The substance will form into a soft flexible plug within minutes.
To complete the sterilisation, the procedure is repeated on the second Fallopian tube. Positioning of the substance is closely monitored on a screen and checked by ultrasound. Daily activities can be resumed immediately after treatment.

Ovalastic, a final check

The Ovalastic flexible plugs block the access to the ovaries. This prevents egg cell and sperm cells from ever meeting. A second ultrasound check is performed three months after the procedure, to confirm the correct positioning of the plugs. During this initial period, it is recommended that another method of contraception is used.

Ovalastic, reliable

Extensive scientific research and broad practical experience have demonstrated the high reliability of this method. The risk of becoming pregnant after treatment is less than the prevailing standard for other types of contraception.

Ovalastic, long-lasting

Although the plugs may be removed, the chances of becoming pregnant will diminish considerably due to degeneration of the tubal cilia. These tubal cilia are essential to the movement of the egg through the tube into the uterus. If they degenerate, the egg may not be “pushed along” as normal and may remain in the tube. Therefore, opting for Ovalastic should only be considered when an absolute decision has been made not to have any (more) children.