Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. The Essure procedure was designed so you needn’t take time away from your busy life. During this 10-minute procedure, we place the soft, flexible Essure inserts into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary. The inserts are made of some of the same material that is used in heart stents and other medical devices.
Over the next three months, your body works with the inserts to form a natural barrier in your fallopian tubes. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching the egg so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month period, you must continue to use another form of birth control. To provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy, you’ll have an Essure Confirmation Test, which verifies that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked.
The Essure Procedure
The Essure procedure can be done right in our office and placement doesn’t require cutting or incisions or the use of general anesthesia. Most women are able to leave the office about 45 minutes after their procedure is completed.
Preparing for Your Procedure
The best time to get Essure is right after your menstrual period ends. This makes it easier for your WomanCare physician to see the openings of your fallopian tubes to place the Essure inserts.
Placing the Essure Inserts
We will permanently place a soft and flexible insert into each of your fallopian tubes. No incisions are required because the inserts are placed through the natural pathway of your vagina and cervix.
Formation of the Natural Barrier
Over the next 3 months, your body forms a natural barrier around the Essure inserts that prevents sperm from reaching your eggs. During the 3-month period, you MUST continue to use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Since Essure does not contain hormones, your ovaries will continue to release eggs. The eggs cannot be fertilized, so they are simply absorbed back into your body.
Essure Confirmation Test
Three months after your Essure procedure, you will need to have an Essure Confirmation Test so we can tell you if you can rely on Essure for birth control. Your WomanCare physician will advise you on the type of test that is right for you.
Benefits of Essure include:
Minor Surgery: Essure is minor surgery involving a hysteroscope in the office with no need for general anesthesia.
Hormone-Free: Essure inserts do not contain or release hormones.
No Downtime to Recover: Return to normal activities is immediate. In fact, ladies walk out of the office under their own power and some can drive themselves home as well.
Covered by Insurance: The Essure procedure is covered by many health insurance providers.
Proven: Essure is 99.83% effective**
Confirmation: The Essure Confirmation Test verifies that the Essure inserts are properly in place and that your fallopian tubes are blocked to provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy. (Important: You must see your doctor for the Essure Confirmation Test before you can rely on Essure for birth control. Until you receive confirmation from your doctor, you must continue to use another form of birth control.)
**Based on a 5-year clinical data. No direct comparative study exists.
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