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In Office "Essure" Permanent Birth Control

Overview

Essure is a brand name, FDA-approved, permanent method of birth control. It does not require surgery and unlike the birth control pill, does not involve hormone therapy. It is considered at least 99% effective and was the only method of birth control that resulted in no pregnancies during clinical trials.

Since Essure is a non-surgical treatment, there is no need for incision, hormones, or general anesthesia, making it safer and more reliable than many other forms of birth control. The treatment uses tiny coils in the fallopian tubes to provide a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching egg. The procedure is considered non-reversible and is the ideal solution for women who have decided that they want no children or have no desire to increase the current size of their family.

How Do You Know You Need It?

Essure is a safe option for women who no longer wish to become pregnant. If you are sexually active and have no plans to start a family, this is a permanent option for birth control. It is also a suitable option for women who have experienced problems with other methods of birth control and have no intention of ever having children.

What Are The Benefits Of Essure?

Essure is considered one of the most effective methods of birth control, with a success rate of at least 99%. Based on studies conducted over the course of five years, no Essure users became pregnant. Essure also eliminates the risks and side effects of using hormone-based birth control.

Who Is Not A Candidate For Essure?

Essure is considered a permanent procedure, though there have been instances when doctors have made a reversal. It is not recommended for young girls or women who might one day decide to become pregnant. The materials used in Essure can also provoke an allergic reaction. If you have concerns about allergies or any other problems speak with your doctor about whether the procedure is right for you.

Preparation and Procedure

The Essure birth control procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office. Essure inserts are constructed of stainless steel, polyester, and nickel-titanium, which are placed in the fallopian tubes. Over time, the body grows a barrier made of tissue that works with these inserts to prevent a woman’s egg reaching sperm during intercourse. Eggs are still produced, but the body absorbs the eggs before they travel into the uterus.

The procedure requires only local anesthesia and can usually be completed in about 30 minutes. The Essure inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes through the vagina, so no incisions or stitches are required. In most cases, women who undergo the Essure procedure can return to their normal routines within a day.

The tissue barrier takes approximately three months to fully form. Your doctor will likely recommend using another form of contraception during this time. In clinical studies, tissue formation had occurred in more than 96% of patients by the end of the anticipated three month phase, with the remainder of patients experiencing tissue formation by the end of six month period. There is a follow-up appointment three months after the procedure is performed. At the appointment, your doctor will inject a dye through your cervix and perform an x-ray to ensure the tissue has formed over the fallopian tube openings and to verify the coils are still in place.

Risks

In office Essure is an FDA-approved method of birth control that is considered very safe. However, there are some precautions you need to take if you are considering Essure. For instance:

  • Essure inserts do not prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • In rare instances, the insert procedure causes perforations.
  • Inserts marginally increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
  • Patients switching to Essure from a hormone-based birth control method might experience side effects, such as cramping, vaginal bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, or changes in menstrual cycle for up two to eight weeks following the insert procedure.
  • Some patients experience mild nausea or vomiting
  • Some patients have experienced fainting
  • In rare cases, patients experience an allergic reaction to the materials used in Essure. Be sure to speak with your doctor about any allergies prior to the procedure.


Women in their child-bearing years who are faced with life threatening conditions should they become pregnant, or who have a history of miscarriage and have decided to not conceive are ideal candidates for Essure. Since Essure does not contain hormones, women in their child-bearing years can continue to menstruate and live without hormonal concerns. The procedure has none of the risks associated with a hysterectomy, which is an invasive operation, and does not create hormone imbalances when performed before menopause.

If you believe Essure might be the answer for your birth control needs, speak with a doctor at Women’s Health Care of Georgia.




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