Essure - Permanent Contraception

When your family is complete, there is permanent birth control now available as an in-office procedure.  Tubal occlusion, or blockage, is created by the healing power of your own body reacting to the placement of a small coil with polyester fibers inside each fallopian tube. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes and one can quickly resume their normal activities with minimal down time.

To improve visualization, pretreatment of the lining of the uterus is done with the use of hormone therapy.  And after the procedure, another form of contraception is required until the confirmatory hysterosalpingogram documents that both tubes have become occluded and will no longer allow passage of sperm.

Once blockage is confirmed, Essure is 99.81% effective – that is significantly better than any other form of tubal ligation.  Over half a million women have received and rely on Essure for contraception.  Essure does not contain hormones.  There is no general anesthesia required for the in-office procedure.  The hysteroscopic camera allows you to watch the procedure if you so desire.  There are no incisions and pain during and after the procedure is usually minor – easily controlled.

Some or all of the costs of the Essure procedure and follow-up confirmation are covered by most insurance companies.  Your cost may be as low as none to a copay.  The providers at Women’s Health Care are happy to discuss this procedure as well as other contraception options with you.  To schedule an appointment call 503-435-2020

Paid Advertising Column By Kay E. Case, M.D.
Physician and Surgeon, Women's Health Care