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Essure is a form of permanent birth control  

At certain Banner Health physicians' offices, Essure is being offered as a permanent birth-control method. Please ask your physician if this procedure would be appropriate for you.

The Essure procedure is a sterilization procedure for women performed by a specially trained physician.

Unlike tubal ligation and vasectomy, there are no incisions. Instead, micro-inserts are passed through the vagina, cervix and uterus and placed into your fallopian tubes. The inserts are made of the same material used in blood vessel grafts, heart valve replacements, and abdominal repair.

After three months, your doctor will perform a special type of X-ray test to confirm that your tubes are completely blocked and you can rely on these micro-inserts for birth control.

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Advantages of Essure:

  • 99.80 percent effective, based on five years of clinical data
  • No incisions
  • No hospitalization
  • Performed in the privacy and comfort of one of our physician's clinics
  • Hormone free
  • No general anesthesia or associated risks
  • Fast recovery
  • Confirmation test gives you piece of mind that your tubes are blocked

Risks and Considerations:

As with all medical procedures, Essure may not be suitable for all women and there are risks associated with it:

  • The procedure should be considered irreversible. Women should be absolutely certain that they do not want to become pregnant again. 
  • Like all methods of birth control, this should not be considered 100 percent effective
  • Symptoms during or immediately after the procedure may include mild to moderate cramping, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/light-headedness, and bleeding/spotting.
  • Not all women who undergo this procedure will achieve successful placement of both micro-inserts
  • Removal of the micro-inserts would require a procedure

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