Essure Permanent Birth Control

Essure® is a gentle, hormone-free birth control procedure – without cutting or the risks associated with getting your tubes tied. It is permanent birth control that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy and can be performed in our office in minutes. AWC offers Essure® under light sedation, making the procedure completely painless. Unlike some forms of birth control, Essure® blocks the egg and sperm from meeting, so conception never occurs.

What is Essure?

Essure’s Benefits

How Essure Works

Essure FAQ’s

What is Essure?

Essure tubal sterilizationEssure® is a permanent method of sterilization and is an alternative to the traditional tubal ligation.  This simple procedure can be done in our office and typically takes about 10 minutes.  Unlike a tubal ligation, which can require up to five days of recovery time, women who opt for Essure® are typically able to return to normal activities the following day.

The Essure® method of sterilization is less invasive, does not require any cutting or general anesthesia. Trusted by doctors since 2002, the procedure involves placing soft, flexible, microinserts into the fallopian tubes. These are made from materials that have been used successfully for many years in cardiac stents and medical devices in other parts of the body.

Essure® is not reversible, so it may be a desirable method of birth control for women who do not want to have any more children – or have any children at all.  This may also be a good option for women who are opposed to hormonal birth control or women who are unable to take hormones. Essure® is completely hormone-free, so there are no hormonal side effects associated with this method.

Essure® Fact Sheet [PDF]

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Essure’s Benefits

Essure® offers women what no other permanent birth control ever has:

  • No cutting
  • No slowing down to recover
  • No hormones
  • Peace of mind – your doctor will confirm when you can rely on Essure® for birth control
  • Short procedure time – only 10-20 minutes to perform
  • You’ll never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy again – Essure® is about four times more effective than a traditional tubal ligation!

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How Essure WorksEssure How

  1. An Essure-certified doctor inserts soft, flexible microinserts into the fallopian tubes. No incision is needed because these tiny inserts are delivered through the vagina and cervix. This procedure is done under a light intravenous sedation.
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  2. Over the next several weeks, a natural barrier forms around the micro-inserts and prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. The ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed back into the body.
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  3. After 3 months, it’s time to get a confirmation test to verify you’re protected from the worries of unplanned pregnancy. The test uses a dye and special type of x-ray to ensure the fallopian tubes are blocked. Until that time, you must continue using another form of birth control.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Essure

Can I trust the Essure® procedure?
Yes. Essure® is 99.8% effective. In four years of clinical trials there have been no pregnancies among its users.

Is the procedure painful?
Generally, no. Some women report mild discomfort or cramping, similar to a normal monthly cycle after the procedure.

How long is the recovery?
Women are typically able to go home within 45 minutes of having the procedure and nearly all return to normal activities within one to two days.

Is Essure® reversible?
No, the Essure® procedure is not reversible. Like a vasectomy or tubal ligation, Essure® is permanent, so you should be sure you do not want to have children in the future.

Will I still have a period?
Yes, you will still have a period, though some Essure® users find that their period changes afterward, becoming slightly lighter or heavier. These changes may be the result of discontinuing hormone-based birth control and are often temporary.

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