Since birth control methods differ substantially, it’s important to understand all of your options and thoughtfully weigh the pros and the cons before making a decision.
Essure is a surgery-free and hormone-free permanent birth control procedure that is performed in your doctor’s office with no slowing down to recover. During the procedure, soft and flexible inserts are placed into the fallopian tubes where they work with the body to form a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. Essure is the most effective* permanent birth control method available.
Essure vs. tubal ligation
Tubal ligation, or “getting your tubes tied”, is a surgical procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the fallopian tubes are cut, burned, and/or clamped shut in order to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. The typical recovery time is 4-6 days.
Essure vs. vasectomy
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure for men in which the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm out of the testes) are cut, burned or clamped in order to keep sperm from reaching the egg. The typical recovery time is 1-2 days.
Essure vs. IUDs
IUDs are long-term temporary birth control for women who are planning to have more children or are not sure they are done having children. IUDs are made of plastic or copper and are inserted into the uterus using a plunger. The most common IUD contains hormones. Monthly self-checks to ensure the IUD is in place are required.
Essure vs. hormonal and barrier methods
If you plan to have more children in the future, there are a variety of hormonal and barrier methods available including pills, patches and condoms. This type of birth control requires a daily, weekly or monthly regime.