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Notes on Women's Health
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Tag: Essure

[Update] Essure Permanent Birth Control: Questions and Answers

Essure Permanent Birth ControlThis blog has been updated to reflect the most recent FDA findings and changes in our practice in regard to the Essure procedure.

The Essure procedure is a permanent birth control method developed by an American company called Conceptus. Essure is their main product. During the procedure, tiny flexible coils made out of polyester fibers, nickel-titanium and stainless steel are passed by a small tube called a catheter from the vagina through the cervix and uterus and into the Fallopian tubes (Fallopian tubes are two very thin tubes that lead from the ovaries into the uterus). Once in place, the Essure coils cause tissue growth (scarring), which seals a portion of the Fallopian tubes. This tissue barrier prevents sperm from reaching the ovaries. Essure was the only permanent birth control device made for women that did not require a surgical incision.

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Essure permanent birth control: risks and benefits

(PART 2)

In my last blog I wrote about Essure, a relatively new procedure that offers a highly effective option for permanent birth control. One of the best ways to evaluate whether or not a medical procedure is right for you is to look at it in terms of its risks and benefits. Here are some more questions and answers that I hope will help you with your decision.

Is the Essure procedure effective?

While no form of birth control is 100% effective, fewer than one in 100,000 pregnancies occur when tubal blockage has been confirmed by the three-month test. The Essure procedure is the only birth control method with zero pregnancies in clinical trials.

Is the Essure procedure safe?

Studies have shown that the Essure procedure is safe. However, as with most birth control methods, there are risks. In some cases one or both Essure coils may not place properly in the Fallopian tubes and may have to be re-applied.

Is the Essure procedure painful?

In most cases the pain of an Essure procedure is far less and shorter-lasting than the pain often associated with Read More