Failed sterilisations

Sterilisations can fail as a result of medical negligence.

If you’ve suffered from a failed sterilisation, you can speak confidentially with one of our legally trained advisors about whether you might have a claim.

Failed sterilisations can be complicated and emotionally stressful. When parents decide their family is complete, they may choose sterilisation to ensure they don’t have any more children. However, occasionally sterilisations fail for a number of reasons and lead to accidental or unwanted pregnancy, and some of these are as a result of medical negligence.

If you had a sterilisation procedure and became pregnant within 12 months of the procedure you should contact one of our legally trained advisors immediately on  0800 540 4258 .

The sterilisation process for women

Sterilisations can be carried out on both men and women. Sterilisation in women can be performed in three ways:

  • Tubal occlusion (also known as tubal ligation): Where the fallopian tubes are blocked with clips or rings
  • Hysteroscopic sterilisation (known as HS): Where an implant is used to block the fallopian tubes.
  • Salpingectomy: When blocking the fallopian tubes – a tubal occlusion – fails, a salpingectomy is where the fallopian tubes are surgically removed.

The NHS indicates that these procedures are more than 99% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy in most cases.

The sterilisation process for men

For men, sterilisation is known as a ‘vasectomy’ and involves the patient undergoing a local anaesthetic. According to the NHS, this procedure is more than 99% effective, but for every 2,000 men who have a vasectomy, one will get a woman pregnant in his lifetime.

Why do sterilisations fail?

Sterilisations can fail for a number of reasons. On some occasions, sterilisation fails as a result of medical negligence. If you think that your private or NHS doctor may have failed in their duty of care to you, contact us today free of charge to talk about making a medical negligence claim.

Failed sterilisations in women

When the fallopian tubes are cut, they can naturally re-grow and repair over years in a process known as spontaneous recanalisation. This is an unavoidable, rare outcome of a sterilisation, and doesn’t constitute medical negligence. However, on occasion sterilisations fail when the clips or rings used during a tubal occlusion are applied incorrectly due to a surgical error. If this is the case, you would likely be able to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.

Failed sterilisations in men

As with women, recanalisation can occur, which is where the tube which is blocked during a vasectomy grows back over time, leading to an unwanted pregnancy and wrongful birth. If you have been involved in a failed vasectomy, you can call us for free on  to talk about making a medical negligence claim.

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