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).