Tests and Procedures

Essure

Overview

The Essure system is a type of permanent birth control for women. It cannot be reversed.

This type of female sterilization involves placing small metal and fiber coils in the fallopian tubes, which creates scar tissue that prevents sperm from reaching an egg. During the procedure, the doctor inserts a flexible tube with a small camera (hysteroscope) through the vagina and cervix and up to the uterus. From here, the doctor can see the opening to the fallopian tubes and place the Essure system coils into them.

It takes about three months for the Essure system to prevent pregnancy. In some women, it may take up to six months. During this time, you must use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Essure doesn't protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The company that manufactures Essure plans to stop production of this contraceptive device at the end of 2018.