The Essure procedure is 99.80% effective based on 4 years of follow-up. Essure is the first and only FDA approved method of female sterilization. There were zero pregnancies in the clinical trials.
No incisions or burning
The Essure micro-inserts are passed through the body's natural pathways and inserted into the fallopian tubes. Unlike other forms of tubal sterilization, there is no cutting into the body, burning, or destruction of the fallopian tubes.
The Essure procedure takes very little time out of women's busy lives and most women return to their normal activities within one day.
No general anesthesia required
There are risks and side effects associated with general anesthesia. Although some physicians may offer general anesthesia, this is not a requirement of the procedure. You should discuss your anesthesia options with your Essure physician.
Short procedure time
The Essure procedure only takes about 35 minutes for an Essure trained physician to perform. Most women are on their way in an average of 45 minutes.
No hormones or silicone
Unlike many temporary methods of birth control such as birth control pills, the patch, the ring or some IUDs, the Essure micro-inserts do not contain silicone or release hormones and are made with the same kind of safe materials that have been used in other medical devices (such as heart stents and valves) for many years.
Can be performed in a doctor's office
Because there is no cutting or general anesthesia required the Essure procedure can be performed safely and comfortably in a doctor's office.
Covered by insurance
The Essure procedure is covered by most health insurance plans. Check with your health insurance company to see if the Essure procedure is covered for you.
Risks of the Essure procedure
- Perforation, expulsion, or other unsatisfactory location of the micro-insert
- Pregnancy & theoretical increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
- Risks associated with anesthesia
- Pain, cramping, vaginal bleeding, menstrual pattern changes
- Nausea/vomiting, or fainting