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Geneva, Switzerland, [WHO], Division of Family Health / Unit of Family Planning and Population, 1994. , 35 p. (WHO/FHE/FPP/94.2 Rev.1)Female sterilization represents a viable option for women who are certain they want no more children. It is critical, however, that family planning programs offering female sterilization provide careful counseling that highlights the permanence of the procedure and the availability of safe, effective alternatives for couples who desire long-term reversible protection from pregnancy. This booklet provides health workers with basic information on how female sterilization works, its advantages and disadvantages, its risks and benefits, and how to help women make informed choices. It also provides answers to the most commonly asked questions about the procedure. Ample illustrations and charts are included. Appendices present a sample informed consent form and suggested pre- and postoperative instructions for sterilization acceptors.