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Advanced Gynecologic Surgery, Norwalk CT

Essure Permanent Birth Control

If you’ve reached a point in your life when you no longer wish to have children, Dr. Garofalo recommends a minimally invasive procedure called the Essure method. Essure is an extremely effective method of permanent birth control for women with less than a 1 in 10,000 pregnancy rate when tubal blockage is confirmed by a three month test.

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What is the Essure method?

With the Essure method, small flexible implants are placed through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) into the Fallopian tubes. During the three months following the procedure, your body and the implants form a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the ovaries. During this period of time, another form of birth control must be used. Three months after the Essure procedure, Dr. Garofalo will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked.

Most women are candidates for the Essure permanent birth control method, but sometimes implants cannot be placed due to issues such as prior tubal blockage, fibroids distorting the uterine cavity, or uterine septum.

This procedure is not reversible.

What are the benefits of the Essure method?

Benefits of the Essure method include:

  • takes less than an hour, with no incisions or general anesthesia needed
  • performed in the comfort of the doctor’s office
  • less painful than a menstrual cramp
  • quick recovery time (most women resume normal activities the same day)
  • no hormones (your periods should more or less continue in their natural state)
  • Essure is extremely effective (less than 1 in 100,000 pregnancy rate when tubal blockage is confirmed by three-month test)
  • The Essure procedure is covered by most insurance providers
  • permanent

What are the risks of the Essure method?

While unlikely, risks of the Essure method include:

  • perforation, expulsion, or other unsatisfactory location of the implant
  • pregnancy, including ectopic, during the first three months after placement
  • pain, cramping, or vaginal bleeding during the procedure
  • chronic pelvic pain

If you are considering permanent birth control and would like to discuss the Essure method, please contact Dr. Garofalo’s office to schedule a consultation.