As your doctor may have already told you, you need to have a confirmation test 3 months after the Essure procedure to confirm that you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control. During this time, you MUST use alternate birth control to prevent pregnancy.
What is the Essure Confirmation Test?
The Essure Confirmation Test verifies that the inserts are placed correctly, your fallopian tubes are blocked, and that you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control. Using contrast dye and a special type of X-ray, your doctor administers the Essure Confirmation Test 3 months after you’ve had Essure placed. Once you get confirmation from your doctor that your Essure inserts are placed correctly and your tubes are completely blocked, you can start depending on Essure for permanent birth control.
What does the test involve?
A doctor, usually a radiologist, will check that the inserts are placed correctly and that your fallopian tubes are blocked using contrast dye and a special type of X-ray.
When should I have the test?
You should have the test 3 months after your Essure procedure.
What do I need to know about back-up birth control?
Talk to your doctor about which method of birth control you should use for the 3 months after the procedure. Some women can remain on their current birth control. Other women, such as those using an intrauterine device or contraceptive (IUD or IUC), will need to switch to another method.
When can I stop using a backup form of birth control?
Once you get confirmation from your doctor that your Essure inserts are placed correctly and your tubes are completely blocked, you can stop using a backup form of birth control and start depending on Essure for birth control.
Do I really need the Confirmation Test?
Yes! In addition to confirming that the inserts are in the correct location, it will also confirm that your body has formed a natural barrier around the inserts to completely block your fallopian tubes. The barrier is usually formed 3 months after placement. That’s why you need this test—to confirm that you can discontinue using back-up birth control and begin relying on Essure for birth control. For some women, it may take longer than 3 months for the barrier to form, requiring a repeat confirmation test at 6 months. Until this time, you MUST remain on back-up birth control.
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