Many women want the option of permanent birth control that doesn’t require an invasive surgical operation. Oral birth control medication can be easily forgotten. Women might not want the health risks that are coupled with hormonal birth control. For these women, a cutting edge procedure called Essure might be perfect for them.
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent option for birth control. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. It doesn’t even require general anesthetic. Recovery time is minimal, and most women can return to their day-to-day routine in less than 24 hours.
Because Essure is permanent, it should be used for women who already have children or are sure they don’t want children in the future. While the procedure is reversible, the process can be difficult. As a result, Essure is recommended only for patients who are positive in their decision.
How Does It Work?
The procedure is very simple. A gynecologist will use a catheter to thread flexible inserts into the fallopian tubes. The catheter is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus under direct visualization using a camera. Because it is implanted through the vagina, an incision is not required. Once the inserts are set, the tissues surrounding them grow to form a block. This block prevents the sperm from reaching the egg. It is recommended that patients use a backup form of birth control for at least three months after the operation. This is to ensure that the insert has been placed properly and is working as planned.
Essure does not prevent STDs or STIs, so it is recommended that condoms be used to ensure protection.
What to Expect After Essure?
Three months after the procedure a follow up will be scheduled. A radiologist will perform an x-ray to see if the tubes have been blocked. This is done by injecting a dye agent through the cervix and uterus. This allows the radiologist to see if any liquid can leak through.
Essure is rated 99% effective after the block has been confirmed. Patients can expect a bit of pain and cramping after the procedure. If any serious symptoms are experienced, a gynecologist should be contacted immediately. Risks and complications are low.
Contact La Peer Today
If you would like to learn more about Essure or any other forms of birth control options, contact La Peer Health Systems to schedule a consultation. Our team of expert surgeons and gynecologists are dedicated to providing you with the best possible treatment. Call us today at 888-374-0367.
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