Essure is a gentle, hormone-free birth control procedure–without cutting or the risks of getting your tubes tied. Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This gentle procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office in minutes. Unlike some forms of birth control, Essure blocks the egg and sperm from meeting, so conception never occurs.
Trusted by women and doctors since 2002, Essure is covered by most insurance providers. If the Essure procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, depending on your specific insurance plan, payment may be as low as simple co-pay.
The Essure procedure involves placing soft, flexible micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes. These are made from materials that have been used successfully for many years in cardiac stents and medical devices in other parts of the body.
Essure offers women what no other birth control ever has
- No cutting
- No going under general anesthesia
- No slowing down to recover
- No hormones
- Peace of mind–your doctor can confirm when you can rely on Essure for birth control
- Short procedure time–Essure takes only about 10 minutes to perform
How does it work?
- An Essure-certified doctor inserts soft, flexible micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes. No incision is needed because these tiny inserts are delivered through the vagina and cervix.
- Over the next several weeks, a natural barrier forms around the micro-inserts and prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. The ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed back into the body.
- After three months, it’s time to get an Essure Confirmation Test to verify you’re protected from the worries of unplanned pregnancy. The test uses a dye and special type of x-ray to ensure the fallopian tubes are blocked. Until that time, you must continue using another form of birth control.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I trust the Essure procedure?
Yes, Essure is 99.8% effective. In four years of clinical trials, there have been no pregnancies among Essure users.
Is the procedure painful?
Generally, no. Some women report mild discomfort or cramping, similar to a normal monthly cycle during or after the procedure.
How long is the recovery?
Women are typically able to go home within 45 minutes of having the procedure and nearly all return to normal activities within one to two days.
Is Essure reversible?
No, the Essure procedure is not reversible. Like a vasectomy or tubal ligation, Essure is permanent, so you should be sure you do not want to have children in the future.
Will I still have a period?
Yes, you will still have a period, though some Essure users find that their period changes afterward, becoming slightly lighter or heavier. These changes may be the result of discontinuing hormone-based birth control and are often temporary.