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Essure Sterilization

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What is Essure?

The Essure procedure is a form of permanent sterilization that is offered at Northwestern Women's Health Associates. This is a surgery-free, anesthesia-free, and hormone-free form of permanent birth control. Women ask regularly, what is Essure and how is the procedure done?

What to Expect From the Essure Procedure:

The Essure procedure can be done during a 90 minute visit to our Chicago office.
The procedure is done by inserting a silicone-free insert into each Fallopian tube. The inserts are made with the same material that is used to make heart stents. The inserts are inserted vaginally. Once in place they are still visible so the doctor can check and confirm placement.
Over the next three months the insert forms a barrier within the Fallopian tube. Once the barrier is complete you can consider yourself sterilized. Sterilization is confirmed with a test that takes place in the office.
The test is done by introducing a dye into the uterus. An x-ray is performed to ensure that the dye does not get past the barrier created in the Fallopian tubes. Until the test is performed and successful the patient will need to use an alternate form of birth control.

How Long Will a Full Recovery Take?

Anyone who has researched permanent sterilization options knows that typical surgical procedures for sterilization can require several days of recovery. One of the major benefits of the surgery-free Essure procedure is that there is virtually no recovery process. After the 90 minute visit the patient can expect that life will return to normal the next day.
Some women do experience symptoms during and after the procedure including cramping, nausea and spotting or bleeding. These symptoms do not usually last long.

Can the Essure Procedure be Reversed?

When explaining what Essure is the most important word is 'permanent'. Essure is a permanent form of birth control that is also a type of sterilization. Any woman who undergoes the procedure should be totally confident that they do not want to have any children after the procedure is done.
If there is any question in the mind of the patient about having children in the future then Essure is not the right choice.

Is Essure Right for Me?

This is a question that is best discussed directly with your gynecologist. Essure is growing in popularity and patients continue to ask the providers at Northwestern Women's Health Associates, what is Essure? If you are a busy women who is seeking a permanent birth control option that can be done in an office setting that won't disrupt your life at all then you should consider the Essure procedure.
If you have more questions about what Essure is, contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your birth control options. You can also visit the Essure permanent birth control website.

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