ESSURE: The Most Effective Permanent Birth Control for Women - Non-Surgical Permanent Sterilization
Is your family finished growing? Do you worry about getting pregnant? Do you want permanent birth that’s easy and convenient? If you’ve answered yes to these questions the Essure birth control method could be an option for you. Essure is a permanent birth control method that works with your body to prevent pregnancy.
Many insurance providers and programs cover Essure. It offers women what no birth control ever has.
- No cuts, no scars, no stiches
- Easy recovery
- No surgery or anesthesia
- No burning
- No hormones
- Performed in less than 10 minutes
- Peace of mind - your doctor can confirm when you can rely on Essure for birth control
The Essure procedure is permanent and is NOT reversible. Therefore, you should be sure you do not want children in the future.
Your gynecologist inserts two small metal and fiber coils (made from the same trusted material used in heart stents) through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into your fallopian tubes, the passageway between the ovary and the uterus. The very tip of the device remains outside the fallopian tube, which provides you and your doctor with immediate visual confirmation of placement.
During the 3 months following the procedure, your body and the inserts work together to form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this period, you must continue using another form of birth control (other than an IUD).
After three months, it’s time to get an Essure Confirmation Test to verify you’re protected from the worries of unplanned pregnancy. The test uses a dye and a special type of x-ray to ensure both that the inserts are in place and that the fallopian tubes are completely blocked.
Frequently asked questions:
Can I trust the Essure procedure?
Yes. Essure is 99.83 percent effective based on five years of clinical data. That’s higher than any other permanent birth control.
Is the procedure painful?
Generally, no. Some women report mild discomfort or cramping during aor after the procedure, similar to what they feel during their normal monthly cycle.
How long is the recovery?
Most women go home within 45 minutes of the Essure procedure and return to normal activities in less than A DAY.
Will I still have a period?
Yes. Some women report slightly lighter or heavier bleeding than usual, but these changes might be the result of discontinuing hormone-based birth control and returning to your normal cycle.
Is Essure easily reversible?
No. Like all permanent birth control, Essure should not be considered reversible. Before choosing Essure, you should be sure your family is complete.
Is Essure safe?
Essure eliminates the risks, discomfort and recovery time associated with surgical procedures like tubal ligation and vasectomy. The Essure inserts are made from the same safe, trusted material used in many other medical devices, including heart stents.
What other forms of Permanent Birth Control are available in Taos and Northern New Mexico?
Women's Health Institute offers many different birth control methods. To discuss your options and to find a method suitable for your lifestyle call us to setup an appointment.