If you’ve reached a point in your life when you no longer wish to have children, Dr. Sargent recommends a minimally invasive procedure 15 minute office procedure to occlude your tubes. Essure provides an effective system to do this.
What is Tubal Occlusion?
With tubal occlusion, small flexible implants are placed through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) into the Fallopian tubes. During the three months following the procedure, your body and the implants form a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the ovaries. During this period of time, another form of birth control must be used. Three months after the procedure, Dr. Sargent will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked.
Most women are candidates for tubal occlusion, but sometimes implants cannot be placed due to issues such as prior tubal blockage, fibroids distorting the uterine cavity, or uterine septum.
This procedure is not reversible.
What are the benefits of tubal occlusion?
- Takes less than an hour, with no incisions or general anesthesia needed
- Performed in the comfort of the doctor’s office
- Less painful than a menstrual cramp
- Quick recovery time (most women resume normal activities the same day)
- No hormones (your periods should more or less continue in their natural state)
- Extremely effective (less than 1 in 100,000 pregnancy rate when tubal blockage is confirmed by three-month test)
- Covered by most insurance providers
What are the risks of Tubal Occlusion?
While unlikely, risks include:
- Perforation, expulsion, or other unsatisfactory location of the implant
- Pregnancy, including ectopic, during the first three months after placement
- Pain, cramping, or vaginal bleeding during the procedure