WHAT IS ESSURE
The Essure procedure is usually completed in about 10 minutes and can be performed right in your doctor’s office.
Most women return to normal activities within a day or two.
NONHORMONAL – 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.† To hear what some of them have to say, click here.
You must continue to use another form of birth control until you receive confirmation from your doctor that the inserts are correctly placed and your tubes are blocked. Only then can you start depending on Essure for birth control.
HOW ESSURE WORKS
A small Essure insert is permanently placed into each of your fallopian tubes by your doctor. These inserts work with your body to form a natural barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs, preventing pregnancy. While the natural barrier forms over time, another form of birth control must be used.
IS ESSURE RIGHT FOR ME?
Only you and your doctor can decide if Essure is right for you. As you discuss your options with your doctor, there are a number of things you should consider.
Essure is NOT right for you if:
- You suspect 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
As your doctor may have already told you, you need to have a confirmation test 3 months after the Essure procedure to confirm that you can rely on Essure for birth control. For some women, it may take longer than 3 months for Essure to completely block the fallopian tubes, requiring a repeat test at 6 months. During this time, you MUST use alternate birth control to prevent pregnancy.
What is the Essure Confirmation Test?
The Essure Confirmation Test verifies that the inserts are placed correctly, your fallopian tubes are blocked, and that you can rely on Essure for birth control. Using contrast dye and a special type of X-ray, your doctor administers the Essure Confirmation Test 3 months after you’ve had Essure placed. Once you get confirmation from your doctor that your Essure inserts are placed correctly and your tubes are completely blocked, you can start depending on Essure for birth control.
What does the test involve?
A doctor, usually a radiologist, will check that the inserts are placed correctly and that your fallopian tubes are blocked using contrast dye and a special type of X-ray.
When should I have the Essure Confirmation test?
You should have the test 3 months after your Essure procedure. However, it’s important to remember that for some women, it may take longer than 3 months for Essure to completely block the fallopian tubes, requiring a repeat test at 6 months.
What do I need to know about backup birth control?
Talk to your doctor about which method of birth control you should use for the 3 months after the procedure. Some women can remain on their current birth control. Other women, such as those using an intrauterine device or contraceptive (IUD or IUC), will need to switch to another method.
When can I stop using a backup form of birth control?
Once you get confirmation from your doctor that your Essure inserts are placed correctly and your tubes are completely blocked, you can stop using a backup form of birth control and start depending on Essure for birth control.
Do I really need the Confirmation Test?
Yes! In addition to confirming that the inserts are in the correct location, it will also confirm that your body has formed a natural barrier around the inserts to completely block your fallopian tubes. The barrier is usually formed 3 months after placement. That’s why you need this test—to confirm that you can discontinue using backup birth control and begin relying on Essure for birth control. For some women, it may take longer than 3 months for the barrier to form, requiring a repeat confirmation test at 6 months. Until this time, you MUST remain on backup birth control.
QUESTIONS ABOUT ESSURE?
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