Essure Sterilization

Essure® sterilization is a permanent form of birth control using inserts that are placed during a simple in-office procedure. Advantia OB-GYN Shady Grove is a leading provider of Essure® sterilization for women who do not wish to have children in the future.

What is Essure® sterilization?

Essure® is a type of permanent birth control that uses tiny coils implanted into the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Over time, these coils promote the development of a natural barrier inside the fallopian tubes to prevent egg and sperm from meeting. Essure® is FDA approved, has been used for more than ten years and successfully prevents pregnancy more than 99 percent of the time. Because Essure® is a permanent type of birth control, it should only be used in women who do not wish to have children in the future.

How does Essure® work?

The Essure® device causes the fallopian tubes to form scar tissue around the implants, blocking the fallopian tubes so eggs and sperm cannot meet and fertilization and implantation cannot occur. Essure® does not use hormones, which means there are no hormone-related risks. Essure® is implanted in an in-office procedure that only takes about 10 minutes to perform. Women go home about 45 minutes after the procedure. Once the Essure® implant is in place, it typically takes about three months for scar tissue to form completely, so until that time, another form of birth control must be used to prevent pregnancy.

How can I tell if Essure® is working?

About three months after the inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes, a confirmation test will need to be performed to confirm that the inserts are working. The test can be performed using a transvaginal ultrasound or with an x-ray and a special contrast dye. If the tubes are not yet blocked at three months, a second test will need to be performed in another three months.

Does insurance cover the cost of Essure®?

Most insurance companies are now required to provide coverage for birth control, but in some cases, costs of birth control may not be included in specific plans. An insurance plan administrator or a member of our office staff can determine if the cost of the Essure® device and procedure are covered.