How does Essure work?
A doctor places the soft, flexible inserts into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary.
Over the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within your fallopian tubes. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching the egg so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month period, you must continue to use another form of birth control.
After three months you’ll have an Essure Confirmation Test to provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy. This simple test confirms that the inserts are in place and your tubes are fully blocked so you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.
Learn more about how Essure works.
What are the Essure inserts made of?
The inserts are made of a polyester fiber, nickel-titanium and stainless steel alloy. This is the same material that has proven to be safe in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices. This material is flexible, so the inserts bend and conform to the fallopian tubes while remaining securely in place.
Can the Essure inserts be detected by airport security or metal detectors?
No, the inserts cannot be detected by airport security or metal detectors. The amount of nickel-titanium and stainless steel alloy contained in the inserts is very small.
I think I have a nickel allergy. Can I still get Essure?
True nickel allergies are not as common as many people think. A good test is whether your skin reacts to the metal rivets in Levi’s® jeans, which are made from nickel. The amount of nickel released every day by an Essure insert is very, very small—less than one-thousandth of the amount in the average daily food intake. In the Essure clinical trials, no adverse reactions to nickel were reported. But if you have questions about a possible nickel allergy, talk with your doctor before scheduling your procedure.
Is the procedure painful?
Some women report mild discomfort or cramping, similar to a normal monthly cycle during or after the procedure.
Will I be able to feel the Essure inserts in my body?
No, you will not be able to feel the Essure inserts once they have been placed in your fallopian tubes. The inserts are soft and flexible and are designed to bend and conform to the fallopian tubes.
Will my partner be able to feel the Essure inserts?
No, since the Essure inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes, your partner will not be able to feel the Essure inserts.
What are the risks or considerations?
As with all procedures, there are risks and considerations associated with Essure:
- No form of birth control should be considered 100 percent effective.
- Not all women will achieve successful placement of both inserts.
- Side effects during or immediately following the procedure may include mild-to-moderate cramping, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/light-headedness, bleeding and/or spotting.
- For a complete list of considerations, see the patient information booklet.
Is the procedure safe?
Yes, Essure avoids the risks, discomfort and recovery time of surgical procedures such as tubal ligation and vasectomy. Additionally, the inserts are made of the same material that has been proven to be safe in heart stents and hundreds of other medical devices.
Learn more about how Essure compares to other methods of birth control.
Is Essure covered by insurance?
Is Essure easily reversible?
No. Like other forms of permanent birth control, including tubal ligation and vasectomy, Essure should not be considered reversible. Before choosing Essure, you should be certain that you are done having children.
Can I have Essure after giving birth?
You can have the Essure procedure six weeks after delivery, but not immediately following delivery. Unlike other forms of permanent birth control, there is no slowing down to recover, so you can get back to your family right away.