Essure Permanent Birth Control
If you’ve reached a point in your life when you no longer wish to have children, you may be considering a permanent birth control method that is right for you. Essure, a minimally invasive procedure, was 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. Essure was once recommended as a permanent birth control method, but was discontinued in 2018.
Possible negative side effects and adverse reactions reported by the Food and Drug Administration led to its discontinuation. It’s important to note that the negative side effects associated with Essure are low with just 3-4% of women reporting complications. The majority of women who have the Essure device implanted do not have symptoms. Generally speaking, if you are not experiencing any negative side effects following the Essure implantation, you do not need to have it removed.
For more information, read “[Update] Essure Permanent Birth Control: Questions and Answers“
Other Permanent Birth Control Options
You’ll be happy to learn that there are many safe and effective birth control methods for you to consider, including:
Tubal ligation: During this procedure, the surgeon will make one or two small cuts in your abdomen and use a long, thin device similar to a small telescope (called a laparoscope) to cut, seal, clamp, or tie your fallopian tubes closed to prevent eggs from traveling from the ovaries to the uterus. After the procedure, you will have stitches at the point of incision, but can typically go home a few hours later.
Bilateral Salpingectomy: The fallopian tubes are removed during this procedure. Since the ovaries remain, there are no physiologic or hormonal changes after the tubes are removed. In addition, research has shown that some of the most common and aggressive ovarian cancers develop in the fallopian tubes, rather than the ovaries. So by removing the fallopian tubes during a bilateral salpingectomy, a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is decreased.
For more information on other effective, permanent birth control options, click here.
I have an Essure implant. What do I do now?
If you have any of the side effects after undergoing an Essure procedure that we described, you should contact your gynecologist. Although it’s possible that your symptoms may be related to Essure implants, there may be another cause, such as endometriosis or adenomyosis.
If you are considering permanent birth control and would like to discuss a method that is right for you, please contact Dr. Garofalo’s office to schedule a consultation.