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Sterilization is a procedure, available for every person regardless of gender, that prevents pregnancy by either blocking the fallopian tubes or the vas deferens in order to obstruct the movement of eggs and sperm.

Is sterilization widely available in Argentina?

Yes, sterilization service is available at private clinics, public hospitals and health centers in Argentina. 

Do I need a prescription for sterilization in Argentina?

No, you do not need a prescription for sterilization in Argentina but, in order to evaluate your health status, a medical consultation is required. This will probably involve pre-surgical tests such as blood extraction, electrocardiogram and, in the case of people with a uterus, also an ultrasound. 

Is there any age restriction for sterilization in Argentina?

Yes, you have to be 16 or older for sterilization in Argentina.

How much does sterilization cost in Argentina?

In Argentina, sterilization is free of charge at private clinics and public hospitals.

Who can I contact for more information about sterilization in Argentina?

The National Ministry of Health runs a toll-free confidential line for any type of sexual health consultation: 0800-222-3444. The website of the National Program of Sexual Health and Responsible Procreation can also be consulted at www.argentina.gob.ar/salud/sexual.

Where can I read more about this method? 

If you want to get further information about sterilization, click here.

What can I do in the case of an unplanned pregnancy?

Visit safe2choose.org to speak with an expert counselor about the abortion options available in Argentina. Counselors can also be contacted via email (write to info@safe2choose.org) or via live chat at safe2choose.org/abortion-counseling