General Information About the Essure Procedure
Healthy Woman offers Essure – a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This gentle procedure can be performed in less than an hour without general anesthesia. Talk to our doctors to see if Essure is right for you.
Essure is covered by most insurance providers, depending on your specific insurance plan, payment may be as low as a simple co-pay. Always consult your insurance plan for specific coverage details.
With Essure, you’ll never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy again. The Essure procedure is permanent and is NOT reversible. Therefore, you should be sure you do not want children in the future.
The Essure procedure does not require any cutting into the body. Instead, an Essure trained doctor inserts small flexible micro-inserts™ through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into your fallopian tubes.
The procedure can be performed in the comfort of a doctor’s office without general anesthesia, and most women resume their normal activities within one day.
During the 3 months following the procedure, your body and the micro-inserts work together to form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this period, you must continue using another form of birth control (other than an IUD or IUS).
Three months after the Essure procedure, a doctor will perform an Essure Confirmation Test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked and that the women can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.
Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, and some forms of IUDs, Essure does not contain hormones to interfere with your natural menstrual cycle. Your periods should more or less continue in their natural state.
The Essure Confirmation Test
The Essure Confirmation Test takes place three months after your Essure procedure to give your body time to form a natural barrier around the Essure micro-inserts. In rare cases, it can take longer than three months—up to six months at times—for the Essure micro-inserts to completely block the fallopian tubes. During this time, it is important that you continue to use another form of birth control, other than an IUD or IUS, to prevent pregnancy.
To prepare for your Essure Confirmation Test, talk to your doctor about whether you should take antibiotics or any pain medications before the test. You should also let your doctor know if you are allergic to shellfish, iodine, or contrast fluid.