What is Essure?

Essure is a permanent form of birth control. A minor surgical procedure for permanent sterilization, it has been performed since 2002. The procedure is performed without an incision The Essure coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix. The procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office with minimal anesthesia, and is covered by most insurance providers.

How Essure works

  • The coils contain no hormone, but work by blocking the communication between the uterus and ovary. This prevents the sperm from fertilizing the egg.
  • The coils are placed under the guidance of a tiny camera, which is placed into the uterus through the cervical opening.
  • The coils cause scarring in the fallopian tubes. It can take three months for the tubes to be closed; therefore, a second form of birth control must be used for three months.
  • After three months, a test is ordered to confirm the blockage of the tubes.

The Essure procedure is 99.9% effective.

Recovery from Essure

  • Because no incision is required, the recovery time is less and there is less pain.
  • Most women go home within 45 minutes after the procedure and return to their normal activities in less than a day.
  • Essure is permanent and NOT reversible.

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Last modified: 2012-08-15
Last reviewed: 2012-08-15

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