News | Published April 5, 2012 | Written by Angela Hardyk, MD, FACOG

Permanent birth control: Is Essure® right for you?

Choosing to have a permanent birth control procedure is a big decision. Before you decide to proceed with a permanent birth control procedure, you need to think about many factors, such as:

  • Are you certain you do not want to have any more children?
  • Are you reluctant to take hormone-based birth control?
  • Do you want to quit managing your temporary birth control?
  • Would you like to stop worrying about unplanned pregnancy forever?
  • Do you consider avoiding major surgery important when looking into permanent birth control options?

If you answered yes to these questions, you may want to talk to your physician about Essure®, a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier preventing pregnancy.

The procedure is performed in the outpatient operating room and usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform, allowing most women to get back to their daily activities within a day. During the procedure, an Essure-certified physician places soft, flexible inserts into each of your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so there are no incisions involved. The inserts are made from the same silicone-free material that is used in heart stents, and the tips remain visible so your physician can confirm that they are properly in place.

During the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to develop a natural barrier within your fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy from occurring. After this time period, your physician will perform an Essure Confirmation Test to verify that you can no longer get pregnant. In the procedure, a special dye is inserted into your uterus and is then viewed on an X-ray to confirm that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once you receive confirmation from your physician, you can rely on Essure as your permanent birth control. Please note that Essure is not reversible, so you should delay your decision if you may want to have children in the future.

Approved by the FDA in 2002, it has been used by more than half a million women worldwide. This permanent birth control is 99.8 percent effective and is covered by most insurance providers.

So if you are considering a permanent birth control, talk to your physician about Essure as an effective option. Mount Nittany Physician Group's OB/GYN practice offers Essure procedures, as well as a variety of other services, to meet all of your needs. To learn more, visit mountnittany.org or call 814.237.3470.

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