Essure LogoEssure is non- hormonal, permanent birth control for women who do not wish to have future children. In the old days, we called it getting your “tubes tied” and it involved scalpels, general anesthesia, a hospital stay and long recovery time. Today it means a small metal coil, a 30 minute office visit, and mild cramping for a few days after the procedure.

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Essure works by inserting a small metal coil into the Fallopian tubes acting as a natural barrier to pregnancy. When the coils are put in place, the body begins the natural process of building tissue around the foreign object, eventually building a wall blocking sperm from reaching the ovaries. After the coils are placed in the Fallopian tubes, there’s a 3 month time frame during which the body is building the wall of tissue that the patient will still need to be on another form of birth control. After the 3 months have elapsed, the patient will have a follow up with us to have an x-ray confirmation that the barriers are complete and impassible. This form of permanent birth control is 99.74% effective.

The procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia or IV sedation and averages about 5 to 10 minutes. Dr. White will insert soft, flexible inserts through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into your fallopian tubes to place the coils. The very tip of the device remains outside the fallopian tube, providing immediate visual confirmation of placement.
After the procedure, you should arrange to have someone drive you home. Some women experience mild cramping or bleeding in the days following the procedure, similar to menstrual cramps. You should be able to return to normal activities within the next day or two.

The benefits of Essure are:

• No surgery, burning or general anesthesia
• No hormones
• No slowing down to recover
• Performed in less than 10 minutes
• Peace of mind—your doctor can confirm when you can rely on Essure for birth control
• Covered by most Insurance companies

** The Essure insert is made of a polyester fiber, nickel-titanium, and stainless steel alloy, the same silicone-free material used in heart stents among other medical devices. Although the risk of allergic reaction is rare, in patients with an allergy to nickel, we recommend you select an alternative form of birth control.

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