Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to prevent pregnancy. During the Essure procedure, a soft, flexible insert is placed into each of your fallopian tubes. Over the next three months, a barrier forms around the inserts. During this time you must continue using another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. This barrier, which is made of scar tissue, helps keep sperm from reaching the eggs so pregnancy cannot occur.
Essure placement is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no cutting, leaves no visible scars, and can be performed in your doctor’s office. General anesthesia is not required, you can remain fully conscious during the procedure. Your doctor may recommend a medication to reduce anxiety and/or use a local (numbing) anesthetic to reduce potential discomfort.
Essure inserts are an option for women who want or need non-hormonal birth control, Essure inserts do not contain or release any hormones. The majority of women (60%) return to normal activity within 1 day or less, and more than 75% return to normal activities within 2 days. Total procedure time on average is 36 minutes. In the most recent clinical study, over 96% of women were able to have both inserts placed at the first placement attempt.
The Essure procedure is 99.3% effective at preventing pregnancy in patients who were told to rely on Essure for birth control. You must continue to use another form of birth control until you have your Essure Confirmation Test and your doctor tells you that you can rely on Essure for birth control.
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Sandpoint Women's Health performs the Essure procedure. Call 208-263-2173 to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled providers or click the button below to request an appointment.