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Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Tag: gynecology

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

LAPAROSCOPIC VS. VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY – How Do the Procedures Compare?

A recent medical study found that women who had a laparoscopic hysterectomy generally experienced less blood loss, less pain and a shorter hospital stay compared with women who had a vaginal hysterectomy.

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Hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus, can be performed in different ways, including open surgery, laparoscopically, and vaginally. Open surgery provides the most effective way to ensure complete removal of the reproductive system but requires a wide incision through the abdominal wall. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses thin, fiber-optic telescopes passed through into the abdomen through small cuts in the abdominal wall. In a vaginal hysterectomy, the surgeon operates entirely through the vagina.

While many tests have compared the safety and effectiveness of open and laparoscopic hysterectomies in recent years, relatively few have compared vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies. Read More