Hysteroscopic Sterilization (Essure)
Hysteroscopic Sterilization (Essure) is a form of permanent birth control in which the fallopian tubes are blocked using a natural barrier.
Essure does not require cutting into the body or the use of radiofrequency energy to burn the fallopian tubes. Instead, the physician inserts soft, flexible inserts through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into the fallopian tubes. The very tip of the device remains outside the fallopian tube, which provides the woman and the doctor with immediate visual confirmation of placement.
During the three months following the procedure, the body and the inserts work together to form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this period, a woman must continue using another form of birth control (other than an IUD).
After three months, the physician performs a confirmation test in which a dye and special type of X-ray are used to ensure that the inserts are in place and that the fallopian tubes are completely blocked.
Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, and some forms of IUDs, Essure does not contain hormones to interfere with the natural menstrual cycle. A woman’s periods should more or less continue in their natural state. Also, when placed correctly the risk of pregnancy is about 0.1%.
If you think Essure might be the right choice for your, talk to your provider today for more information.