Essure® permanent birth control
When you are done having children, Essure is the most effective permanent birth control available (even more effective than tying your tubes). Besides being surgery-free and hormone-free, Essure is performed in as little as 10 minutes with no slowing down to recover so you can get back to your family right away. Discover why women don't just depend on Essure, they love Essure.
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. The Essure procedure offers women benefits that no other permanent birth control can. It is a surgery-free, simple procedure performed in your gynecology doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes. It is hormone-free. The procedure does not require anesthesia and therefore there is no slowing down to recover. Most women return to normal activities in less than a day. It is extremely reliable and safe. Since 2002, over half-a-million women and their doctors have trusted Essure as the most effective permanent birth control.
The Essure procedure
The procedure is performed with the aid of a slender fiberoptic scope called a hysteroscope. An Essure-certified gynecology doctor slides the small, soft inserts through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix into your fallopian tubes. No surgery or incision is required. The very tip of each insert remains visible to your doctor, providing immediate confirmation of proper placement. The flexible Essure inserts are made out of the same trusted, silicone-free material used in heart stents. These inserts bend and conform to the shape of your fallopian tubes while remaining securely in place.
Over the following three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within each of your fallopian tubes. These barriers prevent sperm from reaching the eggs so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month timeframe, you must continue to use an alternate form of birth control.
After the three months, the Essure Confirmation Test is performed. During this simple test, a special dye is introduced into your uterus through the opening of the cervix. The dye (that is radio-opaque) is viewed on an X-ray, so your doctor can confirm that your fallopian tubes are completely blocked and the inserts are in place. Once you receive this verification, you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.
Like all permanent birth control procedures, including tubal ligation and vasectomy, the Essure procedure should not be considered reversible, so you should be sure you do not desire future fertility.
Essure is covered by most insurance providers and if the Essure procedure is performed in a gynecology doctor's office, payment may be as low as your co-pay, depending on your insurance plan.
Our permanent contraception patients come to us from New Lenox, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet and Orland Park, IL, the Southwest suburbs and Chicagoland in Will County and Cook County, IL. Call Gynecologic Surgery & Menopause Solutions at 815.463.3000 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your appointment with us.