Essure | Long Term Birth Control
If you are like many of the women who come to Carolina Women’s Health, you are busy juggling your roles as partner, mother, student, bread winner, friend, sister, caretaker, active community member, etc. Sometimes the days seem to never end. With all of these roles being juggled at the same time, you are probably looking for things that will make your life easier — not complicated. Your long term birth control may be an area where we can help.
About Essure Birth Control
Essure is a long term birth control method for women who are seeking a more permanent option. Essure is a natural choice that works with your body’s chemistry to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Essure offers a modern procedure that no other birth control on the market can offer.
Are you curious about how Essure differs from other birth control options?
Essure requires no surgery. It is a simple procedure that can be done in the doctor’s office in under 10 minutes.
Essure is a hormone free long term birth control method. It works with your body’s natural system to prevent pregnancy.
Essure requires no anesthesia. Because there is no surgical process, there is no recovery time and you can return to your normal routine in less than a day.
Essure gives you peace of mind. More than half a million women and their gynecologists trust that Essure is the most effective long term birth control method available today.
How does Essure work?
Essure was designed to support women who lead busy lives. As a result, it’s a procedure that only requires 10 minutes out of your busy schedule.
Essure can only be given by an Essure-certified doctor. The way it works is that your Essure-certified Raleigh OBGYN will slip small, soft inserts through your vaginal canal and your cervix to be implanted into your fallopian tubes as in during a tubal ligation. This process doesn’t require any incision or surgery. The tip of the implant will remain visible to the gynecologist ensuring that it has been properly placed and ready to work.
You can be sure that the Essure inserts are comfortable, because they are made of the same silicone-free materials used in heart stents. This allows your inserts to bend and flex, all while remaining comfortably in place.
What happens after the Essure inserts are in place?
Once the Essure inserts are in place, they work with your body over the course of three months to provide a natural barrier in your fallopian tubes. The barrier blocks sperm from reaching the egg after sexual intercourse, preventing unwanted pregnancies from taking place. You are advised to use a secondary form of birth control during this three month time period to prevent an accidental pregnancy from occurring.
At the conclusion of the three month Essure implantation process, you will be ready for your Essure Confirmation Test. At this time, your uterus will be injected with a dye so that it can be viewed on an x-ray. Your Raleigh OB GYN will be able to confirm that your Essure injections are in its proper place. If your Essure Confirmation Test is positive, you can be sure that your long term birth control option is in working order.
Things to think about before considering using Essure
If you think you may want to become pregnant at any time in the future, the Essure procedure may not be right for you. Similar to a tubal ligation or a vasectomy, this procedure is not reversible and should not be considered if you are not sure you may want to be pregnant during your fertile years.
Do you have questions about Essure?
The Essure procedure is now a permanent fixture in women’s health care in Raleigh, NC. If you have questions about whether or not Essure is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. We believe women should take an active role in their own health care. We want to help you make the best decision that is right for you and your family.