Tubal Sterilization

Sterilization is a form of birth control and is meant to be permanent. During the procedure, your health care provider will close, or block, you fallopian tubes. Closing the tubes can be done in several ways. The first method is by tying and cutting the tubes – this is called tubal ligation. The fallopian tubes also can be sealed using an instrument with an electrical current. They also can be closed with clips, clamps, or rings. Sometimes, tiny inserts are put in the tubes, causing tissue to grow around them and block the tubes.

Essure, Permanent Birth Control

The Essure system includes two small coils that are placed in the fallopian tubes through the vagina, so no incision is required. Scar tissue then forms around the coils, blocking off the fallopian tubes and preventing sperm from reaching the egg.

The Essure procedure is surgery-free and can be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office with no slowing down to recover. Most women go home within 45 minutes and return to normal activities in less than a day.

Essure is just three simple steps:

1) The procedure

A doctor places the small, soft Essure inserts into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary. The Essure inserts are made from the same trusted material that is used and proven to be safe in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices. The material is flexible, so it slides easily into each fallopian tube and conforms to their shape.

2) The barrier

Over the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within your fallopian tubes. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching the egg so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month period, you must continue to use another form of birth control.

3) The confirmation

The Essure Confirmation Test will provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy. This simple test is given three months after your procedure. During the test, a special dye is introduced into your uterus and viewed on an x-ray so your doctor can confirm that the Essure inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once you receive this verification from your doctor, you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.

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