Birth control is a great option for women who are not ready to start a family. However, some women may want a birth control option the prevents the possibility of pregnancy completely – that’s where permanent birth control comes in. This is beneficial for women who have already established their family and want to cut out the possibility of having more kids. One of the largest permanent birth control options in the market is Essure. If you are considering permanent birth control, this could be a possibility worth considering.
What is Essure?
Essure is a brand of permanent birth control that works with your body to prevent pregnancy. Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002, and over 750,000 women have chosen Essure as their permanent birth control method.
How does it work?
You will be awake during the procedure, as it is non-invasive, non-surgical, and requires no general anesthesia. The doctor will place soft, flexible inserts into each of your fallopian tubes through the vagina and cervix. The doctor will be able to see the tip of each insert to ensure that the placement was successful and accurate.
These inserts will begin to form a natural barrier to prevent sperm from reaching the eggs, which will help prevent pregnancy. It typically takes around three months for the barrier to take the correct form of the fallopian tubes. Because of this waiting period, you must continue to take an alternative form of birth control until the inserts have taken the correct shape. Your ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed naturally into your body.
After three months, you will need to take the Essure Confirmation Test. This will confirm that the procedure was successful and you can no longer get pregnant. A special dye will be injected into your uterus and viewed on an x-ray to ensure that the inserts are in place and the fallopian tubes are fully blocked. After you have received your doctor’s approval, you can begin relying on Essure for permanent birth control.
Are the inserts safe?
The Essure inserts are smaller than the length of your thumb. They are silicone-free and made with a polyester fiber, nickel-titanium, and stainless-steel alloy. This may sound intense, but these are the same materials that are used in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices that are trusted worldwide. The inserts are flexible, so they will conform to the shape of the fallopian tubes.
What are the benefits?
This procedure is nonsurgical, which means the doctor will not to perform any cuts and it can be performed in a doctor’s office. An added benefit to this is that there will be no visible scars.
No general anesthesia
When you go to your appointment, you will remain fully conscious throughout the procedure. Your doctor might recommend a certain medication to reduce anxiety or might decide to use a local anesthetic to numb the area that could help lessen discomfort.
Essure is a natural, non-hormonal permanent birth control. It does not contain any hormones and does not release any hormones throughout the body.
Return to regular activities within 1 or 2 days
60% of women who undergo the Essure procedure can return to their normal activities in as little as 1 day. Over 75% of women with this procedure will return to their normal activated within 2 days. There is very little down time.
Short placement time
The procedure can last anywhere from 10 to 36 minutes.
The Essure procedure has a very high success rate. Essure is 99.3% effective at preventing pregnancy in patients who were told to use Essure for birth control.
What are the risks?
There are risks with Essure, just as there are risks with every medical procedure.
- There is not one form of birth control that is 100 percent effective, and you should not treat this to be.
- Not all women will have successful placement of both inserts.
- During or after the procedure some women have experienced slight discomfort or cramping.
- You might experience some side effects during or after the procedure, which may include mild-to-moderate cramping, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, light-headedness, bleeding, and/or spotting.
Will my insurance cover it?
Most insurance providers cover the cost of Essure. If the procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, payment may be as low as your co-pay, depending on your insurance plan. Before you decide to use Essure, speak with your OB/GYN to ensure it is safe for you.
Institute for Women’s Health
If you are interested in the Essure procedure, visit the Institute for Women’s Health in San Antonio. Our team of OB/GYNs will go through to entire process with you and will go over your medical background to ensure this is the right option for you. Call us at 210-349-6626 to schedule your appointment!