A tubal ligation is surgical sterilization in which the fallopian tubes are cut, tied or blocked, for women who are looking for a permanent form of birth control. As an alternative, some women opt for tubal implants because they perform a similar function, but insertion is non-surgical.
For patients not covered by health insurance, tubal ligation typically costs between $1,500 to $7,000. Usually, getting tubal implants falls at the lower end of the cost range, while surgical sterilization falls at the higher end.
For patients covered by insurance, typical out-of-pocket costs would consist of an office visit copay of $10 to $50 and possibly coinsurance of 10 to 30 percent, for a total cost of as much as $2,150.
A vasectomy is a simple sterilization procedure that can be performed right at the doctor's office, so it tends to cost less than other surgeries. Over the long term, a vasectomy may even be less expensive than other birth-control options such as the Pill or IUDs.
How much does a vasectomy cost?Without insurance, the cost of a vasectomy typically ranges anywhere from $350 to $4,000.
If you don't have health insurance, the procedure can require a significant up-front payment. Many states offer assistance to men who lack funds to pay for the procedure. Ask your doctor whether there are programs that may apply to you.
The sterilization procedure for men is significantly less expensive than female sterilization, a procedure known as tubal ligation. Tubal ligation can be four to six times more costly, and is a longer, more invasive, and more complex procedure that requires general anesthesia and must be performed in a hospital or surgery center.