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Permanent Birth Control / Essure Hysteroscopic Sterilization

 • Office & Outpatient Surgery Center

If you have completed your family, you can take control with Essure®. It’s the most effective protection against an unplanned pregnancy available to women. The incision free placement of the tubal micro inserts takes only 15 minutes, with most women returning to regular activities the next day.

Surprisingly, despite all the available methods for contraception, over half the pregnancies conceived in the United States are unplanned. Even when used correctly birth control pills fail 5% and condoms 15%, per year. Are you comfortable with this risk of having an unplanned
pregnancy? If you or someone you know has completed their family and are considering a form of permanent birth control, such as tubal ligation or a partner’s vasectomy, we would like to educate you about the Essure® procedure.

The Essure® procedure is different than the traditional method of a surgical tubal ligation. With Essure® there is no cutting into the body. Instead, your doctor inserts spring-like coils, called micro-inserts, through the body’s natural pathway (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into your fallopian tubes. Since most women only report mild cramps, you have the choice of having the procedure performed without general anesthesia. In fact, many women choose to have their Essure® performed in the convenience of our office. The doctors at Copperstate OB/Gyn were the first to perform Essure® in our community, and serve as instructors for other doctors desiring to learn the procedure.

During the first 3 months following the procedure, your body and the micro-inserts work together to form a tissue barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this time, you will need to use another form of birth control. Then you will have an Essure® Confirmation
Test, a special type of x-ray to confirm that your tubes are completely blocked and you can rely solely on Essure® for birth control.

Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, injections, and some forms of IUDs, Essure® does not contain hormones to interfere with your natural menstrual cycle. Your periods should more or less continue in their natural state. Clinical studies have shown Essure® to be 99.85% effective at preventing an unplanned pregnancy, surpassing traditional tubal ligation. Consequently, it is not surprising that Essure® is quickly becoming the preferred method for women seeking permanent birth control; because of less risks, discomfort, and downtime. Most women only experience mild cramps afterwards and return to their regular activities the following day.

 Minimally Invasive Procedures

Da Vinci Robotic Assisted Hysterectomy
IUD-Intra Uterine Devices
Office Endometrial Ablation—NovaSure® Technique
Office Hysteroscopic Sterilization (Essure®)
Office LEEP procedure—cervical dysplasia
Urethral Sling (TVT or TOT) stress urinary incontinence
Vaginal reconstructive surgeries for prolapse

Essure® Procedure

After administering a local anesthetic, the doctor inserts a narrow telescope, called a hysteroscope, through the vagina into the uterus. A thin catheter (tube) is passed through the hysteroscope
and into the fallopian tube. The micro-inert, which is attached to the end of this catheter, is placed in the tubal opening.

The process is repeated in the other fallopian tube. The entire procedure should take about 15 minutes. During the next 3 months, tissue will begin to grow into the micro-inserts, permanently blocking your fallopian tubes.



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