Essure Permanent Sterilization
A permanently implanted birth control device for women
I am happy to offer Essure for permanent sterilization. Essure is a new and effective device that provides sterilization for those who are sure their childbearing days are over. Unlike classic tubal sterilization, Essure occludes the fallopian tubes without using any incisions. It can be performed either under general anesthesia or in the office, but is not associated with postoperative pain like standard laparoscopic tubal ligations or vasectomies . It takes less than 35 minutes to perform the Essure procedure, which is less time than a laparoscopic tubal ligation.
The Essure procedure is 99.80% effective (compare this to the effectiveness of tubal ligation: 99.1%; and vasectomy: 99.85%; and the Intrauterine Device 99.2%). Most women who have the procedure return to their usual daily lives within one day of the procedure.
The Essure procedure involves placing very small micro-insert (shaped like a small flexible spring as pictured) through the cervix into the entrance of the fallopian tubes located at the top of the uterus. Placement is accomplished by using a hysteroscope, an instrument that allows visualization of the entire uterine cavity. The micro-inserts contain no hormones, and the procedure has no impact in a woman’s natural hormone balance. The device works by inducing scar tissue to form over the insert, blocking the fallopian tube and preventing fertilization of the egg by sperm. After three months, an x -ray examination is performed to confirm tubal occlusion, after which couples can resume intercourse without using other contraceptive devices.
Essure is a permanently implanted birth control device
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