Essure Permanent Birth Control Fredericksburg
The physicians of Elite Women’s Health in Fredericksburg, VA offer Essure Permanent Birth Control. 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.
What is Essure?
The Essure permanent birth control procedure was designed with busy moms like you so you won’t need to take time away from your busy life. During this quick procedure, a doctor 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.
Once you have Essure, you’ll never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy or remembering to take your birth control again. Essure has been FDA-approved and available in the US for over 10 years.
What is Essure?
- Most effective – Essure is one of the most effective permanent birth control available. It is 99.83% effective. That’s more effective than any form of permanent birth control, including tubal ligation.
- Incision-free: 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 incision 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 major health insurance providers, including Medicaid.
- 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.
How Essure Works
The Essure procedure is incision-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:
Frequently Asked Questions About Essure
- What are the Essure inserts made of? The inserts are made of a polyester fiber, nickel-titanium and stainless steel alloy. This is the same material that has proven to be safe in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices. This material is flexible, so the inserts bend and conform to the fallopian tubes while remaining securely in place.
- Can the Essure inserts be detected by airport security or metal detectors? No, the inserts cannot be detected by airport security or metal detectors. The amount of nickel-titanium and stainless steel alloy contained in the inserts is very small.
- I think I have a nickel allergy. Can I still get Essure? True nickel allergies are not as common as many people think. A good test is whether your skin reacts to the metal rivets in Levi’s® jeans, which are made from nickel. The amount of nickel released every day by an Essure insert is very, very small—less than one-thousandth of the amount in the average daily food intake. In the Essure clinical trials, no adverse reactions to nickel were reported. But if you have questions about a possible nickel allergy, talk with your doctor before scheduling your procedure.
- Is the procedure painful? Some women report mild discomfort or cramping, similar to a normal monthly cycle during or after the procedure.
- Will I be able to feel the Essure inserts in my body? No, you will not be able to feel the Essure inserts once they have been placed in your fallopian tubes. The inserts are soft and flexible and are designed to bend and conform to the fallopian tubes.
- Will my partner be able to feel the Essure inserts? No, since the Essure inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes, your partner will not be able to feel the Essure inserts.
- What are the risks or considerations? As with all procedures, there are risks and considerations associated with Essure:
- No form of birth control should be considered 100 percent effective.
- Not all women will achieve successful placement of both inserts.
- Side effects during or immediately following the procedure may include mild-to-moderate cramping, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/light-headedness, bleeding and/or spotting.
- For a complete list of considerations, see the patient information booklet
- Is the procedure safe? Yes, Essure avoids the risks, discomfort and recovery time of surgical procedures such as tubal ligation and vasectomy. Additionally, the inserts are made of the same material that has been proven to be safe in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices.
- Is Essure covered by insurance? Essure is covered by major health insurance providers, including Medicaid.
- Is Essure easily reversible? No. Like other forms of permanent birth control, including tubal ligation and vasectomy, Essure should not be considered reversible. Before choosing Essure, you should be certain that you are done having children.
- Can I have Essure after giving birth? You can have the Essure procedure six weeks after delivery, but not immediately following delivery. Unlike other forms of permanent birth control, there is no slowing down to recover, so you can get back to your family right away.
Frequently Asked Questions: After The Essure Procedure
- How much time will I need to recover from the procedure? Most women go home within 45 minutes of the Essure procedure and return to normal activities in less than a day.
- Will I still get my period? Will it be different? Yes, you will still have your normal menstrual period. Some women report slightly lighter or heavier bleeding than usual, but these changes might be the result of discontinuing hormone-based birth control such as the Pill and returning to your normal cycle.
- Could the Essure procedure cause me to gain weight? Since Essure does not contain hormones, it should not cause weight gain.
- How long do I have to wait after the procedure to have sex? You can resume sexual intercourse whenever you feel comfortable doing so. Remember, you must use another form of birth control until your Essure Confirmation Test confirms that your fallopian tubes are blocked and you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.
- What is the Essure Confirmation Test? Three months after your Essure procedure, you will have an Essure Confirmation Test to provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy. During this simple test, a special dye is introduced into your uterus and viewed on an x-ray to confirm that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once you receive verification from your doctor, you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.
- Do I need an Essure Confirmation Test? Yes. The Essure Confirmation Test verifies that your fallopian tubes are completely blocked and the Essure inserts are properly in place. Therefore, until your doctor performs the test and confirms that you can begin relying on Essure, you should not consider yourself protected from unplanned pregnancy and must continue to use another form of birth control.