Choosing the right method of birth control for your lifestyle can be confusing and difficult. Many birth control options have lasting negative side effects, or maybe you need to remember to take a pill at the same time every day.
Deciding whether you want to have more children is very personal, too. For women who don’t want to have more children, Essure® gives you a safe and permanent birth control option with very few side effects.
Unlike traditional surgical methods, the Essure® system is non-surgical and uses small flexible devices placed in your fallopian tubes to naturally block sperm from reaching an egg. Essure® works naturally with your body to prevent pregnancy, meaning a more gentle way to prevent pregnancy.
At Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness, we offer Essure® as an option to women seeking a non-surgical method for lasting birth control. Essure® is a permanent form of birth control that can’t be reversed. Before getting Essure®, our team consults with you to help you decide if permanent birth control is the right choice for you.
What Essure® is
Essure® inserts are small, flexible coils made from metal and fiber. They conform to the shape of your body, and once they have been inserted, you don’t feel them. There’s no maintenance, no surgical procedures, and no pills to remember.
Essure® is non-hormonal, so many women who struggle with hormonal sensitivities may find Essure® is a good option. Essure® placement usually takes about 30 minutes, and it doesn’t require any incisions, which means no scarring and very little downtime.
How Essure® is inserted
Inserting Essure® is a simple in-office procedure that typically takes a half-hour. Our team may give you medication before the procedure to prevent discomfort, but anesthesia is rarely needed.
We use a small camera and scope inserted through your vagina and cervix and into your uterus. We then place the small, flexible Essure® devices into each fallopian tube, ensuring proper placement.
Immediately after the procedure, you can go home. Most patients return to daily activities within one to two days and experience very little downtime. You may experience cramping or abdominal pain in the days immediately following your Essure® procedure.
How Essure® works
Essure® is a non-hormonal, non-surgical method of permanent birth control. It gives women who can’t use or don’t want hormonal methods an effective birth control option. You’ll likely have no long-term side effects, and you won’t have incisions or scarring like you would with a traditional hysterectomy or other permanent birth control procedures.
After we place the Essure® coils in your fallopian tubes, your body forms barriers over the next three to six months. During this time, it’s still possible for you to get pregnant, so you should continue to use other forms of birth control.
In your follow-up appointments, our doctors confirm tubal blockage, and at this time, you can stop using other methods of birth control. Once your body has developed the natural barriers in your fallopian tubes, Essure® is 99.3% effective at preventing pregnancy.
You can expect to have a regular period, but you won’t be able to get pregnant. Essure® doesn’t protect against STDs, so be sure to continue practicing safe sex to stay healthy.
If you are looking for an effective, permanent form of birth control, our doctors at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness are here to answer your questions and help you decide if Essure® is right for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for your first consultation.