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. To find out more about this non-surgical form of pregnancy prevention visit the Essure® website here.
If you decide to have the Essure® procedure, you will have reviewed the procedure, its risk and benefits, and alternative forms of birth control before coming into our office. Feel free to let us know if you still have any questions before you proceed with the procedure.
Following is a set of instructions that you will need to follow before and after the procedure. It is also very important to inform us beforehand if you believe you could be pregnant, or if you think you have a pelvic infection.
These instructions are also available for download on our Forms/Instructions page.
DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Medications (Note: Some patients may need different medications. Please tell us if you are unable to take any of these medications due to side effects or allergies)
DAY OF PROCEDURE
Eat a normal meal prior to procedure. Please be sure to arrive at our office on-time. After you arrive, a urine sample will be requested to confirm a negative pregnancy test, and then the nurse will bring you into the exam room. You will be given an injection of anti-inflammatory medication 30 minutes before your procedure. During the procedure the doctor will also inject a local anesthetic. You will be awake for the procedure and may feel slight cramping at times. The average procedure time is 10 minutes. After the procedure is done, expect to spend about 30 minutes recovering.
Someone else must drive you to and from the office as the medication you take before can affect your driving ability. If you choose, you may have this person in the room with you during the procedure to make you feel more comfortable.
DAY AFTER THE PROCEDURE
It is normal to have light vaginal bleeding and some cramping for a few days. Contact our office if you experience any of the following:
A follow up appointment will be made for six weeks after procedure. Three months after the Essure® procedure, be sure to contact the office to schedule a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to check that both fallopian tubes are blocked off. Until this is done, it is your responsibility to avoid possible pregnancy by using contraception as directed.