Essure® Sterilization for Permanent Birth Control
There are now more birth control choices than ever before. The Rubino OB/GYN Group specializes in the latest, non-invasive solutions for women including permanent birth control with the incision-free Essure sterilization procedure.
What is Essure?
The Essure procedure is the first and only FDA approved female sterilization procedure to have zero pregnancies in the clinical trials. 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 is different than the traditional method of a surgical tubal ligation. With Essure there is no surgery. Instead, spring-like coils, called micro-inserts, are inserted through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into your fallopian tubes.
The procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office without general anesthesia.
During the first 3 months following the procedure, your body and the micro-inserts work together to form a tissue barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg – during this period, you will need to use another form of birth control.
After 3 months, your doctor will perform an Essure Confirmation Test, a special type of x-ray to confirm that your tubes are completely blocked and you can rely on the Essure micro-inserts for 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.
Risks of the Essure procedure
- Perforation, expulsion, or other unsatisfactory location of the micro-insert
- Pregnancy & theoretical increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
- Risks associated with anesthesia
- Pain, cramping, vaginal bleeding, menstrual pattern changes
- Nausea/vomiting, or fainting