Essure (Permanent Birth Control)Many women want to take steps to avoid unplanned pregnancies. However, some patients have trouble remembering to take birth control pills every day. Additionally, a number of women prefer non-hormonal birth control options. The expert surgeons at La Peer’s Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence feel that Essure is one of the best permanent birth control treatments available and are proud to offer this innovative procedure at their outpatient facility in Los Angeles.

What Is Essure?

Essure is a minimally invasive, incision-free procedure that offers permanent birth control without the need for hormones. Widely regarded as a safe, effective treatment, Essure involves the placement of an insert into the fallopian tubes that prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. Essure is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Because Essure is a permanent method of birth control, the procedure is most appropriate for women who have already had children and/or are certain they don’t want to have children in the future.

Benefits of Essure Permanent Birth Control

Unlike other forms of birth control, Essure is non surgical and hormone free. Additionally, the recovery period from Essure is very rapid, and most women resume activities in less than one day. Essure is an effective option for busy, active women who are certain they don’t want more children.

Essure Procedure

At the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence, our specialists perform the Essure procedure on an outpatient basis at our newly remodeled Los Angeles facility. During the procedure, your gynecologist will place soft, flexible inserts into the fallopian tubes. Because the inserts can be placed through the vagina, no incisions are necessary. Working in conjunction with your body, the inserts will form a barrier between sperm and egg. Typically, it takes three months for your Essure inserts to become effective. Women should take care to utilize other forms of birth control until their doctors determine that Essure is working properly. After the first three months, your gynecologist will perform an Essure Confirmation Test to make sure the fallopian tubes are completely blocked and you are unable to get pregnant.

Reversing the Essure Procedure

Like other forms of permanent birth control, including vasectomy and tubal ligation, Essure is not easily reversed. For this reason, women should be certain that they are done having—or do not want to have—children before undergoing Essure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Essure

Q: Does health insurance cover Essure? 

A: Many health insurance companies, including Medicaid, do cover Essure. If you have questions about your coverage, feel free to contact the knowledgeable staff of the Surgical Gynecology Center.

Q: How long does it take to recover from Essure?

A: It’s not uncommon for women to experience some minor discomfort or cramping after undergoing Essure. However, because the procedure requires no incisions, recovery is very fast. Most women resume regular activities in less than a day.

Q: How effective is Essure at preventing pregnancy?

A: Essure is 99.83% effective at preventing women from getting pregnant.

Q: Can Essure be reversed?

A: Essure is not easily reversible, and women who may want to have children in the future are not good candidates for this procedure.

Q: Who is not a candidate for Essure?

A: Women who may want children and those who have had a recent pelvic infection are not good candidates for Essure.

Contact Our Experienced Gynecologic Surgeons

For women who do not want children and those who have already completed their families, Essure is a highly effective way of preventing unwanted pregnancies. Don’t hesitate to contact the board-certified specialists at the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence for more information about Essure and other options for family planning by calling (888) 374-0367 or schedule a consultation online.

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