Essure Specialist

The Association for Women's Health Care -  - OB/GYN

The Association for Women's Health Care

OB/GYNs located in Chicago, IL & Northbrook, IL

If you want permanent birth control without resorting to surgery, Essure® implants may be just the option for you. Essure provides a permanent solution to unwanted pregnancy through a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis at The Association of Women’s Healthcare’s offices in Chicago and Northbrook, Illinois.

Essure Q & A

What is Essure?

Essure is a permanent birth control method that uses natural processes in your body, to create a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching your eggs. Essure is a small insert that’s placed inside each of your fallopian tubes. Over a period of several months, your body forms scar tissue around the inserts, effectively closing off your fallopian tubes, preventing sperm from reaching your eggs.

The flexible, coil-shaped inserts are made from polyester fibers, nickel, titanium, platinum, silver-tin, and stainless steel.

Essure was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2002.

How effective is Essure?

Studies conducted by the manufacturer show that Essure is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

To make sure that your Essure implants are working correctly, the doctor will follow up after three months with a confirmation test using one of two methods (or both in some cases):

  • An hysterosalpingogram (HSG): an X-ray test using a contrast dye
  • Transvaginal ultrasound

During the period directly after the implant procedure up until you’ve had a confirmation test, you should continue an alternative birth control method. In some women, if the scar tissue hasn’t completely formed, another confirmation test will be performed at the six-month mark.

How long does the implant procedure take?

Essure implantation is a minimally-invasive procedure that is done in-office and usually takes less than an hour for both implants to be placed. You may receive a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort, but you’ll be awake during the entire procedure, and may be able to go home afterward. Recovery time is usually one to two days before you can resume your normal activities.

Are there side effects associated with the procedure?

There are a few side effects that have been reported both during and after the Essure implant procedure including:

  • Mild pain
  • Bleeding
  • Cramping
  • Pelvic or back discomfort
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Dizziness or fainting (you should arrange to have someone take you home after the procedure)

In rare cases, perforation may occur during the procedure if the implant breaks, but only 1.8% of women reported this.

Your Association for Women’s Healthcare OB/GYN will go over every step of the procedure with you beforehand so that you understand the risks.

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