When your family is complete or you’re absolutely sure you don’t want to have children in the future, an irreversible method is available that permanently prevents pregnancy without the need for surgery. Dr. Edward S. Wagner offers Essure®, a method of permanent birth control that’s safely inserted in the office. To learn more about Essure, call his office in Hollywood, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Permanent birth control is not reversible like other birth control options. One method, tubal ligation, permanently prevents pregnancy by cutting the fallopian tubes. New methods have been developed that are equally effective without the need for surgery.
Essure is a thin, flexible, coil-shaped device that’s inserted into each fallopian tube where it enters your uterus. Over the next few months, scar tissue develops around the coil, forming a natural barrier that stops sperm from moving up the fallopian tube to reach an egg. As a result, you can’t become pregnant.
Once Essure is in place, it’s not reversible, so it’s important to be sure you don’t want to become pregnant in the future.
Dr. Wagner inserts Essure in the office using a special insertion tube that goes through your cervix and uterus to reach the fallopian tubes at the top of your uterus. The Essure device is inserted into the fallopian tube, leaving only the tip of it outside the tube where it can be seen in the uterus. This allows Dr. Wagner to visually confirm that Essure is properly in place.
The procedure, which only takes about 35 minutes, should be done in the first half of your menstrual cycle before your ovaries release the next egg. The opening of your fallopian tubes is easier to see at this point in your cycle. It also helps assure that you’re not pregnant.
You’ll need to use another birth control method to prevent pregnancy for the first few months after Essure is inserted. At the end of the third month, you’ll have a follow-up visit so Dr. Wagner can run tests to verify your fallopian tubes are fully blocked.
An Essure confirmation test can be done using two different procedures, but the goal of both is to verify that the implants are in place and that both fallopian tubes are completely blocked. Dr. Wagner may use:
A long, thin ultrasound transducer is placed in your vagina, where sound waves are used to produce a clear image of your uterus and fallopian tubes.
A contrast dye is inserted into your uterus; then an X-ray shows whether any of the dye made it into your fallopian tubes. If the dye stays in your uterus, your tubes are blocked.
To find out if Essure is right for you, call or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Wagner today.