Essure Sterilization

Ob-Gyn Associates can provide sensitive and confidential counseling on permanent contraception including the Essure non-surgical option.

What is Essure?

Essure is a nonsurgical permanent sterilization procedure for women. A doctor accesses the Fallopian tubes through the vagina and places micro-inserts into the tubes. The inserts block the Fallopian tubes by causing scar tissue to grow. There is little recovery time. In fact, after the procedure is complete, a woman should be able to return to normal activities immediately.  It does take several months for sufficient scar tissue to develop so additional forms of birth control will be necessary during that time. 

How is Essure inserted?

The procedure takes about 10 minutes and is completed in the doctor’s office. The access to the Fallopian tubes is via the vaginal canal, and cervix. Small coils are inserted into the Fallopian tubes.  The procedure is most easily completed soon after the menstrual period ends, as it is easier to find the Fallopian tube openings at this time. There may be some cramping and discomfort directly following the procedure, but this should pass quickly. Full recovery should only take a day or two.

What are the risks associated with Essure?

As with all medical procedures and treatments there are risks associated with the treatment. You should discuss your health history and concerns with your doctor before deciding if Essure is the right solution for you. Some of the risks associated with Essure include: pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding following insertion, the device may expel itself or migrate from the Fallopian tubes resulting in unintended pregnancies including ectopic pregnancies. Essure does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Women who have Essure inserted must use additional forms of birth control until the Essure Confirmation Test is completed, showing that the Fallopian tubes are effectively blocked. This is done three months after insertion. The Essure Confirmation Test includes X rays, which have their own associated risks.