Sterilization is a procedure used to permanently prevent pregnancy. For women, this involves blocking both fallopian tubes in a female’s reproductive tract. For men, this involves removing the mid portion of both vas deferens and is termed a vasectomy.

Traditionally, female sterilization was only offered in the operating room under general anesthesia. This would require1-2 incisions into the abdominal cavity that could result in injury to underlying intestines or blood vessels, and burning/cutting/clipping of the fallopian tubes during the surgery. This can result in a 1-2 week recovery time and small abdominal scars.

Fortunately, a newer method, Essure, has been developed that can provide sterilization without having to make cuts/incisions or burning of the fallopian tubes or the need to go to the operating room. Essure is an insert that is placed into the fallopian tubes through the vagina and cervix, much like other office procedures such as placement of IUDs.

Essure Permanent Birth Control/Sterilization 

Essure is a surgery-free permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. The Essure procedure offers benefits that no other birth control can.

Most effective: Essure is the most effective* permanent birth control available – even more effective than tying your tubes.

Surgery-free: A quick procedure that can be performed in our office. The Essure inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of the vagina and cervix, with no incisions and no surgery.

Hormone-free: Unlike many temporary methods of birth control such as the Pill or some IUDs, the Essure inserts do not contain hormones so they will not cause hormonal side effects.

Virtually recovery-free: Because there is no surgery required, Essure can be performed comfortably and quickly in your doctor’s office. Most women are on their way home 45 minutes after the procedure and return to their normal activities in less than a day.

Covered by insurance: The Essure procedure is covered by most health insurance providers.

Trusted: More than 600,000 women have chosen Essure as their permanent birth control.

Safe: The Essure inserts are made of the same material that has been proven to be safe in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices.

Designed to fit: The small, soft inserts are specially designed to slide easily into your fallopian tubes and remain securely in place.

Confirmation: The Essure Confirmation Test verifies that the Essure inserts are properly in place and that your fallopian tubes are blocked to provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy.

The Essure procedure was designed with you in mind so you won’t need to take time away from your busy life. During this quick procedure, Dr. Simigiannis places the soft, flexible Essure inserts into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary. The inserts are made of the same material that is used and proven safe in heart stents and other medical devices.

Over the next three months, your body works with the inserts to form a natural barrier in 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.

To provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy, you’ll have an Essure Confirmation Test. This test verifies that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once this is confirmed, you may rely on the Essure procedure to prevent pregnancy permanently.

No matter what type of birth control a couple chooses to use, there is always a failure rate or risk of pregnancy, as no method can be 100% effective.

Always remember… when considering any permanent birth control method or sterilization procedure that these are non-reversible options and should only be performed when you and your partner are certain you no longer want any more children.

*Based on a comparison of five-year clinical data.

Essure has been FDA-approved and available in the US for over 10 years.

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