Tests and Procedures

Essure

Why it's done

The Essure system is a type of female sterilization. It's a permanent way to prevent pregnancy.

Benefits of using the Essure system include:

  • It works very well. The risk of pregnancy is about 0.1 percent when the coils are placed properly.
  • The procedure can be done in the doctor's office. Little or no anesthesia is needed.
  • You can return to daily activities the day of the procedure.
  • There's no incision or scarring of the skin.
  • After your doctor confirms the system is working and your tubes are blocked, you'll no longer need to buy contraception, other than products used to prevent STIs.
  • Most women report no long-term side effects.

The Essure system isn't right for everyone, however. Your health care provider may recommend other methods of contraception if:

  • You aren't sure whether or not you want to become pregnant in the future.
  • You have a metal allergy. The materials used in the inserts may contain traces of nickel or other metals. You may need allergy testing before the procedure.
  • You're allergic to the contrast (dye) used during follow-up imaging tests to confirm the procedure worked.
  • You have an autoimmune disease, which may trigger excessive inflammation around the coil inserts.
  • You've had a baby or an abortion within the past six weeks.
  • You have or recently had a pelvic infection.
  • A health condition of the uterus or fallopian tubes blocks the tube openings, which means the doctor can't properly place the Essure system.
  • You've had your tubes tied (tubal ligation).