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Essure Birth Control
Essure Birth Control
The purpose of hysteroscopic sterilization with Essure is to protect women who do not want children, now or in the future, from pregnancy.

Essure Birth Control

Definition of Essure Birth Control

Hysteroscopic Sterilization with Essure is a permanent birth control method.

Overview of Essure Birth Control

While there are many women who are trying very hard to get pregnant, there are just as many women who work hard and take precautions all the time so that they do not get pregnant. For the first time, there is a female sterilization option that will allow women to do away with their ability to become pregnant. This is the first and only FDA approved procedure that can help those women who do not wish to become pregnant avoid doing so.

Many women take birth control pills to help prevent pregnancy, but this is not a fool proof method of birth control by any stretch of the imagination. It can be difficult to remember to take the pill at the same time every day, and there are also many medications that interfere with the way that the pill works to protect a woman from becoming pregnant.

Even for the women who take birth control shots or have implants that release hormones, the process is not perfect. Shots seem simple, but if you forget to go in to get your shot on time you can expose yourself to the risk of getting pregnant, and the fact of the matter is that even if you follow all of the guidelines for any one of these birth control methods there is still a chance that you will become pregnant.

Hysteroscopic sterilization is different from all of these methods of birth control because it does not require that you remember to take your pill, it is permanent and not reversible, and has a very high success rate. When you undergo this procedure you are ensuring that you will not become pregnant. This means that not every woman is a candidate, and only those that are certain that they will never want children should undergo this procedure.

Purpose of Hysteroscopic Sterilization with Essure

The purpose of this procedure is to protect a woman against unwanted pregnancies. Unlike other methods of birth control you don’t have to stay on top of taking a medication at the same time every day and you don’t have to worry about failure rates. This is a procedure that has resulted in zero pregnancies amongst the women who have had it done.

Not only is this a birth control method that does not require one to pop pills and remember to take them at the same time every day, it is not reversible. The purpose of hysteroscopic sterilization with Essure is to protect women who do not want children, now or in the future, from pregnancy. This is not something that you can change your mind about in the future, so it’s only for a very small percentage of women.

One of the perks with this procedure is that it does not require surgery. When you have your tubes tied, known medically as a tubal ligation, you are doing away with most of the risk of becoming pregnant, but for most this includes surgery. Hysteroscopic sterilization can be done in your doctor’s office and does not require any incisions or general anesthesia.

How Essure Birth Control Works

Hysteroscopic sterilization does not require any incisions, instead a trained doctor will insert micro-inserts, which are sort of like little springs, into your vagina, through your cervix and uterus, and into your fallopian tubes. Once the micro-inserts are in place you will need to continue to use another method of birth control for three months. During this period of three months your body, in conjunction with the micro-inserts will form a blockage or barrier of tissue that will prevent any sperm from reaching the eggs that your body releases to be fertilized.

At the three month mark, your doctor will need to do an x-ray to be sure that the barrier has been formed and you are not at risk of becoming pregnant. What is great about this process and type of birth control is that it does not release any hormones or chemicals into your body, your body and the micro-inserts just work well together, naturally.

Advantages of Essure Birth Control

The advantage of this procedure over other birth control techniques such as IUD, the pill, the shot, and patches is that the effectiveness of the product is much higher, at 99.80%! This number is based on four years of follow-up research.

Another great benefit is that you do not have to undergo any incisions and there is no burning or pain associated with the procedure. All of the procedure is done through the natural entrances into the body so there is no need to cut, burn or anything else! Because there is no incision the recovery time is minimal, with most women returning to work and play within a day!

Another bonus is that there is no need for general anesthesia which carries some pretty big risks with it. Your doctor may offer you general anesthesia, but it is not required. The reason that no anesthesia is needed is because it’s not very painful and the procedure usually takes less than 45 minutes from start to finish. Having this procedure performed in the doctor’s office will also make it less intimidating than if you had to have it done in a hospital setting.

One really great benefit is that hysteroscopic sterilization is covered by most insurance plans so you don’t have to worry about having a huge bill when all is said and done. It’s nice to know that you can protect your lifestyle without having to pay an arm and a leg to do so.

Risks of Essure Birth Control

There are some risks that are associated with the hysteroscopic sterilization procedure and these include having the micro-inserts placed in somewhere other than the intended area which can cause pain and damage within the uterus. There is also the risk of pregnancy since it is not 100% effective, and because there is a risk of pregnancy there is also a risk of ectopic pregnancy. If you undergo anesthesia you are exposing yourself to more risks, though general anesthesia is usually not needed. Some women may experience pain, cramping, bleeding, and changes in their menstrual cycle. Another risk or side effect of hysteroscopic sterilization is nausea and vomiting as well as fainting. Most women are willing to weigh these risks with all of the benefits and decide that this is something that they would go ahead with.

Cost of Essure Birth Control

The cost of hysteroscopic sterilization with Essure is something that appeals to many people. The average cost of this procedure is about $2300 while the cost of a traditional tubal ligation can be up over $3,000 and that is if all goes as planned. Many also have to consider the cost of recovery time when they have a traditional procedure done, because women often have to miss work, but most women are back to work the next day after their hysteroscopic sterilization procedure. Many insurance companies will cover the expense, or will at least cover the majority of the process so that women don’t have to shoulder the entire financial burden themselves.

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Mayo Clinic

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