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Essure® Procedure - Permanent Birth Control
This is a nonsurgical procedure that makes a woman sterile (unable to have children). The Essure Procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office without general anesthesia.
How Essure Works
With Essure, there is no cutting into the body. Instead, an Essure-trained doctor inserts spring-like coils, called micro-inserts, through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into the fallopian tubes. During the 3 months following the procedure, the body and the micro-inserts work together to form a tissue barrier. This prevents the egg from passing into the uterus, and sperm from reaching the egg. Therefore, fertilization cannot take place.
During the Essure® Procedure, the procedure takes about 5 minutes. You are given medication to take 1 to 2 hours before the procedure. This helps keep the fallopian tubes open and reduces cramping. During the procedure:
- The doctor inserts a narrow telescope-like instrument
called a hysteroscope through the vagina and cervix
and into the uterus. The hysteroscope is attached to
a video camera that sends pictures to a monitor.
This lets the doctor see inside the uterus.
- Fluid (called normal saline or saltwater) flows through the hysteroscope and into the uterus. The fluid expands the uterus to let the doctor see the openings to the fallopian tubes clearly.
- The spring-like micro-inserts are placed into each fallopian tube using a small, flexible tube (delivery catheter) that is passed through