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Essure Permanent Birth Control

Essure is the first permanent birth control solution for a woman that does not require surgery or incisions. The Women’s Clinic of South Texas
is the first in the Valley to perform and introduce this innovative procedure to the medical community.

Before the device can be used for contraception, you must have a follow-up visit with your doctor, where you will undergo a test called a
hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to make sure your tubes are blocked and the micro-inserts are in satisfactory locations. Your doctor
will be able to explain the procedure to you in more detail.

The procedure takes an average of 25 minutes to perform. Most patients resume regular activities in one day. 92% of women are able
to return to work the next day.

The Essure device is a new, permanent birth control method that does not require an incision or general anesthesia.

  • What is Essure?

    Essure is a permanent birth control method that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. The procedure involves permanently placing a soft, flexible insert into each fallopian tube. Over a period of about 3 months, a natural barrier forms around the inserts which prevents sperm from reaching your eggs. Three months after your Essure procedure, you will need to have a confirmation test to determine if you can rely on Essure for birth control. Your doctor will advise you on the type of test that is right for you.

    IMPORTANT: For some women, it may take longer than 3 months for Essure to completely block the fallopian tubes, requiring a repeat confirmation test at 6 months. You must see your doctor for the Essure Confirmation Test before you can rely on Essure for birth control. Until you receive confirmation from your doctor you must continue to use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.

  • How Effective is Essure?

    Essure is over 99% effective at permanently preventing pregnancy.*
    *Based on clinical study data.

  • How long has Essure been available?

    Essure has been FDA-approved and available in the US since 2002.

  • What are the benefits of Essure?

    • Non-surgical Procedure—the Essure procedure is usually completed in about 10 minutes and can be performed right in your doctor’s office
    • Quick recovery—most women go home 45 minutes after the procedure and return to normal activities within a day or two
    • Non-hormonal—Essure inserts do not contain or release any hormones
    • Proven—Essure is over 99% effective at permanently preventing pregnancy*
    • FDA-approved—Essure has been available for over 10 years
    • Used by many—approximately 750,000 women and their doctors have chosen Essure for permanent birth control.
    • May be available at no cost‡—If you have health insurance, Essure might be fully covered.

  • Is Essure right for me?

    Essure might be right for you if:
    • You are certain you do not want any more children
    • You desire permanent birth control
    • You would like to stop worrying about getting pregnant
    • You prefer a method or procedure that:
    Does not take a lot of time
    Can be done in your doctor's office
    Does not require surgery or general anesthesia
    Does not contain hormones

    Essure is NOT right for you if:
    • You suspect that you are pregnant
    • You have only one fallopian tube
    • You have one or both fallopian tubes closed or obstructed
    • You have had your “tubes tied” (tubal ligation)
    • You are allergic to contrast dye used during X-ray exams
    • You are unwilling to undergo the Essure Confirmation Test
    • You are uncertain about ending your fertility

    You should wait to have the Essure procedure if: • You are or have been pregnant within the past 6 weeks
    • You have had a recent pelvic infection
    • You are in the second half (weeks 3 and 4) of your menstrual cycle. During that time there is an increased risk of being pregnant prior to having the Essure procedure

    You should speak to your doctor if:
    • You are taking or receiving therapy that suppresses your immune system. Examples include chemotherapy or corticosteroids, such as prednisone. Therapy that suppresses the immune system may make the Essure procedure less effective for birth control
    • You have, or think you may have, a nickel allergy

  • Has Essure been reviewed by the FDA?

    Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002.

  • Essure May Be Available at No Cost!