physician vermaWhat is Essure?

Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This procedure can be done in our office in less than an hour.

How does Essure work?

The doctor inserts soft, flexible titanium coils into the fallopian tubes, which takes about 13 minutes on average. There are no incisions because these tiny inserts are delivered through the vagina and cervix.

Over the next several weeks, a natural barrier forms around the coils in your tubes and prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. After 3 months, it's time to get an Essure confirmation test to make sure your tubes are completely blocked. This test uses dye and a special type of x-ray. Once your tubes are completely blocked, you can stop your birth control.

What are the advantages of Essure versus other forms of birth control?

  • No cutting
  • No general anesthesia
  • No slowing down to recover
  • No hormones
  • No guessing—the confirmation test proves your tubes are permanently blocked
  • Short procedure time
  • Done in the office, therefore payment may be as low as an office co-pay

How effective is Essure?

Essure is 99.8% effective. It is the most effective birth control method available today. It is more effective than tubal ligation or vasectomy or IUD.

Is the procedure painful?

Generally, no. Some women have mild discomfort or cramping, similar to a normal monthly cycle during or after the procedure. A small number experience nausea in the hours after the procedure.

How long is the recovery?

Women are typically able to go home within 45 minutes of having the procedure. Return to normal activities usually takes place within one to two days.

Is Essure reversible?

No. Please be sure you are convinced you do not want to have more children before getting Essure.

Will I still have a period?

Yes. Some Essure users find their menses change afterward but the changes are often temporary. You will not go into menopause from Essure.

Is Essure covered by my insurance?

Yes, it is covered by most insurance providers. It is best to review your insurance coverage with your insurance carrier before you schedule Essure.

Gynecological & Obstetric Associates, SC
1614 W. Central Road, Suite 205  •  Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005  •  847-392-9191