Research Article

Sterilisation failure.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6098.1337 (Published 19 November 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:1337
  1. G J Hughes

    Abstract

    During 1969-76 77 pregnancies occurred after sterilisation in Aberdeen. The overall pregnancy rate was higher for laparoscopic sterilisation (1.2%) than for non-laparoscopic methods (0.23%), although there has been a great improvement over the past three years. The pregnancy rate was double if sterilisation was combined with termination of pregnancy, and in 30% there were surgical difficulties. Inexperienced operators were responsible for over 80% of the failures. The ectopic pregnancy rate was 15.6%.