A type of permanent birth control for women is called Essure system which cannot be reversed.
Your doctor will use hysteroscope that will be inserted in your vagina into the cervix and up to the uterus then small metal and fiber coils will be passed through the hyteroscope into your fallopian tubes.
This can cause scar tissue to form around the coils and will block the fallopian tubes to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg.
This procedure will take three months to become effective so you can prevent pregnancy or up to six months in some cases.
Your doctor will advise you to use contraceptives first to make sure that you will not be pregnant and this procedure is not a protection from sexually transmitted infections.
2 Reasons for Procedure
Here are the most common reasons to undergo an Essure procedure.
This is a type of female sterilization and the benefits are:
no significant long-term side effects
no using or contraceptives
no scarring or incision of the skin
Your doctor may discourage the use of this if:
you still want to become pregnant
you had an abortion or gave birth within the past six weeks
you had a pelvic infection
you had a recent tubal ligation
you are allergic to contrast agent that is used to confirm tubal blockage
You may not be able to have some types of endometrial ablation after this is implanted and this is not a protection from STIs.
Fewer than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant in the first year after implantation and the risk is at the highest during the first three months after the implanting but there is a test to confirm the blockage of the fallopian tubes to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
There is a higher chance that the pregnancy will be ectopic if you conceived after having it implanted.
4 Preparing for your Procedure
To prepare for the Essure your doctor will:
talk to you about the benefits and risks of this procedure; will ask you what is your reason for doing this and will tell you that sometimes it can lead to regret
explain the procedure
will discuss the causes and the probability of sterilization failure
will tell you that it cannot be reversed
discuss with you that you will still need to use contraceptives after three months of implantation
help you choose the best time to do the procedure
discuss the risk of having STI and the need to use condoms
Your doctor may suggest that this procedure must be done after your period and he will need a clear view of your tubal openings to insert the Essure system.
Your doctor may even suggest using a hormonal contraceptive that has progestin to thin the lining of your uterus if you have irregular menstruation.
5 What to Expect
Read on to learn more about what to expect before, during, and after your Essure procedure.
This is an outpatient procedure and your doctor will use a hysteroscope and will take about 30 minutes or less.
You may also be given medication before the procedure to minimize the spasms and reduce pain in your fallopian tubes.
During the procedure, the hysteroscope will be inserted into your vagina and cervix into your uterus and with the use of a small catheter that is attached to the hysteroscope and then he will place small coils inside your fallopian tubes.
After the procedure you can go home after but side effects may include such as:
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