The Everett Clinic offers a new option for women interested in permanent birth control. Essure® is an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy and can be performed in a doctor's office in less than an hour without undergoing general anesthesia.
Essure® offers an excellent alternative for women who are looking for a permanent birth control method, but don't want incisions or to undergo general anesthesia. There is little to no discomfort during the procedure. Among all sterilization procedures, Essure® is the most effective available.
Essure® uses small flexible implants placed in the fallopian tubes through the cervix. During the first three months, your body and the implants will form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this period, you must continue using another form of birth control. Three months after the procedure, your provider will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate?
Women who are not currently pregnant, do not want children in the future and who have not had a tubal ligation. This procedure is not for everyone: Your women’s health care provider can help you determine if it's the right option for you.
What is the recovery time?
Most women are able to go home an hour after having the procedure and can return to normal activities within 24-48 hours.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
It requires no cutting or sutures, it can be done in office and only a short appointment time is needed. Essure® doesn’t require anesthesia or hormones, recovery time is minimal and it's 99 percent effective. Three months after the procedure, your provider will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked so you know it has worked.
Will insurance cover this procedure?
Essure® is covered by most insurance providers and depending on your insurance plan, payment may be as low as a co-pay.