Essure Permanent Contraception FAQ’s

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Frequently asked questions


Can I trust the Essure procedure?

Yes, Essure is 99.74% effective with zero pregnancies in five years of clinical trials, making it the most effective method of permanent birth control available.

Is the procedure painful?

Generally, no.  Some women report mild discomfort or cramping, similar to a normal monthly cycle during or after the procedure.

How long is the recovery?

Women are typically able to go home within 45 minutes of having the procedure, and the majority of women return to normal activities in less than a day.

Is Essure reversible?

No, the Essure procedure is not reversible.  Like all methods of permanent birth control, Essure is permanent, so you should be sure your family is complete.

Will I still have a period?

Yes, you will still have a period, though some Essure users find that their period changes afterward, becoming slightly lighter or heavier.  These changes may be the result of discontinuing hormone-based birth control and returning to your natural cycle.

Is Essure covered by my insurance?

The Essure procedure is covered by most health insurance providers.  If the Essure procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, depending on your specific insurance plan, payment may be as low as a simple co-pay.

Is Essure safe?

The Essure procedure avoids the risks and discomfort of surgical procedures like tubal ligation and vasectomy.  Additionally, the silicone-free inserts are made from materials that have been used successfully for many years in cardiac stents and other medical devices that are placed in the body.

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