Obstetrics and Gynecology

Hysteroscopic Sterilization

What is it?

Essure® is a surgery-free permanent birth control procedure—without hormones, downtime for recovery or the risks of getting your tubes tied.

Essure works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This simple procedure can be performed in the comfort of our office in minutes. Unlike some forms of birth control, Essure blocks the egg and sperm from meeting, so conception never occurs.

Trusted by more than half a million women and their doctors for nearly 10 years, Essure is the most effective form of permanent birth control available*. Essure is covered by most insurance providers, and if the Essure procedure is performed in our office, depending on your specific insurance plan, payment may be as low as a simple co-pay.

*Based on 4 years of clinical data

How Essure Works

  1. Soft, flexible inserts are placed into the fallopian tubes. No incision is needed because these inserts are delivered through the natural pathways of the vagina and cervix. The tip of each insert remains outside the tube, providing us with immediate visual confirmation of placement.
  2. Over the next three months, your body works with the inserts to form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. The ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed back into the body.
  3. After three months, you’ll have an Essure Confirmation Test to verify you’re protected from unplanned pregnancy. The test uses a dye and special type of x-ray to ensure both that the inserts are in place and that the fallopian tubes are completely blocked. Until that time, you must continue using another form of birth control.


Making the Decision

Essure may be right for you if you:

  • Are certain you do not want any more children
  • Want to stop worrying about unplanned pregnancy forever
  • Want the most effective* permanent birth control available
  • Want to stop managing your temporary birth control method
  • Would like to stop taking hormone-based birth control
  • Want to avoid surgery, scarring, silicone or risks of other permanent birth control procedures
  • Are concerned about the risks of general anesthesia
  • Want more spontaneity in your sexual relationship
  • Want confirmation that you’re protected from unplanned pregnancy

Please call our office if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Robotic and Minimally Invasive Gynecology Daytime Direct Number:
(409) 370-2038