ESSURE as a Permanent Contraception Option
Essure is an irreversible contraception option that involves the insertion of soft, flexible micro-inserts through the cervix and into the fallopian tubes by a healthcare professional. Essure prevents pregnancy by causing tissue to grow around the implanted device. This tissue growth blocks off the fallopian tubes and prevents eggs from entering the uterus – instead, the body safely reabsorbs them.
Some discomfort comparable to moderate menstrual cramping may be experienced during the procedure, but at Metropong Gynecology we offer local anesthetic to make the patient more comfortable. After insertion, you may experience abdominal cramping and vaginal discharge much like that of a light menstrual period. There is no recovery period and patients are allowed to go home the same day of the procedure.
For the first three months after the Essure procedure, a second form of birth control is required. After the initial period has elapsed, our doctors will check the Essure via x-ray to ensure that the tissue has properly grown over and that sterilization has occurred.
Tubal litigation is another form of permanent birth control, a minimally invasive surgical method of female sterilization. Under general, regional, or local anesthesia, a certified makes a small incision near the navel. A slender viewing device known as a laparoscope is inserted to locate the fallopian tubes. Once located, a second instrument is inserted to tie off, clamp or sever the fallopian tubes, thus preventing the eggs from entering the uterus.
Under general anesthesia, the patient feels no pain during the procedure. Laparoscopy generally takes 20-30 minutes to complete and most women are able to go home on the day of the procedure. The recovery process typically takes 1-3 days. During this time, you may feel tired, dizzy, and nauseous. You may also experience slight abdominal pain. Very little scarring generally results following a laparoscopy.
Your Contraception Options
If you are considering permanent birth control as a contraception option, schedule a consultation with one of our board certified doctors at Pretoria or Johannesburg Central Gynecology. Call our clinic at 0769584809 or contact us today to arrange an appointment.
Learn more about other forms of contraception offered at Eastside Gynecology including:
• The birth control pill
• Intrauterine Device (IUD)
• Emergency Contraception – Morning After Pill.