Essure is the first and only FDA approved female sterilization procedure to have zero pregnancies during clinical trials. This procedure is not reversible; therefore patients must be certain that they do not want children in the future.
The Essure procedure is different than the traditional method of a surgical tubal ligation. With Essure, there is no incision into the body. Instead, an Essure trained doctor inserts spring-like coils, called micro-inserts, into the vaginal opening.
During the first 3 months following the procedure, the body and the micro-inserts work together to form a tissue barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this period, it will be necessary to use another form of birth control.
After 3 months, the physician will perform a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG), a special type of x-ray, to confirm that the tubes are completely blocked. After the confirmation, there is no need for alternative birth control methods.
Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, and some forms of IUDs, Essure does not contain hormones to interfere with the natural menstrual cycle; periods should more or less continue in their natural state. For further information about this procedure please contact Women’s OB-GYN.