Whilst you can get your tubes untied, having your fallopian tubes tied, clipped, or sealed off to prevent a pregnancy should be considered a permanent form of birth control, as funding for reversal surgery within the NHS is sadly not available.

Whatever the reason for having the procedure done in the first place, many women go on to investigate whether their sterilisation can be reversed and how much it may cost them.

As a reversal procedure is only available privately, having the procedure performed will cost somewhere in the region of £5000.

However, do not despair, there may be ways to make the procedure more affordable, as I will explore below.

Consider a Payment Plan

Many gynaecology clinics, including the Female Sterilization Reversal Clinic, and hospitals now offer several ways to pay for your medical procedures, including affordable funding options and 0% interest loans. These can be set up in advance of the surgery and in the same way as you apply for any finance agreement you will be subject to credit checks. This can be a good way to spread the cost over a time frame that suits you. You should make sure you understand the impacts of interest rates and how they affect your payments.

Health Insurance to get your tubes untied

Another way to fund your reversal procedure, or any other medical procedure, is to do it through private health insurance. Before taking out any policy, always be sure you have the best, most affordable option and that your policy covers you specifically for the procedure you want. Internet comparison sites are very useful for gathering information on prices and will usually provide several quotes from different companies. As always, it is wise to read the small print to find out what’s included and what isn’t to avoid being caught out.

If you need specialist advice because of a complicated condition or you want a specific procedure only, such as a sterilisation reversal, you could use a broker to find you a bespoke quote, but this will involve paying a broker’s fee. The trade body AMII is one place you can look for a broker.

Going Abroad?

In recent years and with the advent of cheap airfares, there has been a boom in UK citizens going to other countries to have medical procedures from dentistry to cosmetic surgery. You can now add sterilisation reversal, to have your tubes untied, to the list. Be aware that whilst the actual procedure may be cheaper, when you add in the cost of travel, insurance, accommodation and possible rectification of any complications, the initial cost can quickly increase.

The main thing to consider when going abroad is, why is it cheaper? Recently, there has sadly been much media coverage of surgical complications and deaths related to patients travelling abroad for cheaper surgery. Higher rates of surgical complications in some clinics abroad compared to the UK may be due to many factors such as lower standards of hygiene/ infection control, use of inferior equipment, lower standards of training and less regulation.

Your insurance policy may not cover you for all complications and in some cases unscrupulous medics may not be willing to put right any problems. And if you suffer a complication which is not life-threatening, you may find yourself on a long NHS waiting list and suffering pain or discomfort whilst you wait.

For these reasons, it is not recommended that you go abroad for a potentially complicated procedure like a sterilisation reversal. After all, that cheap sterilisation reversal cost may prove to be costly in more ways than one.

If you are considering having your sterilisation reversed, talk to your GP or gynaecologist to get all the information you need on what it entails and how best to fund it.