Permanent contraception, or permanent birth control, is any procedure that prevents pregnancy for the rest of your life.
Traditional procedures for permanent contraception are tubal ligation (or “having your tubes tied”) for women, and vasectomy for men. Both of these procedures require surgical incisions.
The next generation of permanent contraception involves a minimally invasive procedure to prevent pregnancy. This means that it does not require any incisions, or cutting of the skin, to perform.
Essure Permanent Contraception
Essure Permanent Contraception is a simple, safe procedure that works with your body to permanently prevent pregnancy. This procedure requires no incisions and can be performed under local anesthesia, usually in less than 12 minutes.
The Essure procedure is usually performed in less than ten minutes in your doctor’s office. Most women go home within 45 minutes and return to normal activities in less than a day. For the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. Once the barrier is confirmed through an Essure Confirmation Test, you’ll enjoy the confidence that comes from knowing you are protected from unplanned pregnancy.
An Essure-certified doctor places soft, flexible inserts into each of your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix. There is no incision necessary. The tip of each insert remains visible, so your doctor can confirm that placement is accurate.
Over the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within your fallopian tubes that prevents sperm from reaching your eggs. Your ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed naturally into your body. You must continue to use another form of birth control during these three months.
After three months you’ll take the Essure Confirmation Test to confirm you can no longer get pregnant. A special dye is introduced into your uterus, then viewed on an x-ray to confirm that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once you receive verification from your doctor, you can start relying on Essure for permanent birth control.
Three key features of the Essure insert help make it the most effective* permanent birth control available: the shape, the size and the material from which it’s made.
- Shape: The small, soft Essure inserts are designed to slide easily into each fallopian tube and stay in place.
- Size: The Essure inserts stay secure, forming a long protective area. They also remain visible, so your doctor can confirm that they’re properly in place.
- Material: The Essure inserts are made from the same trusted, silicone-free material used in heart stents. The material is flexible, so it conforms to the shape of your fallopian tube