Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. During the procedure, a small, soft insert is fed through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix into your fallopian tubes — no surgery or incision is required along with immediate recovery.

Over the next three months, your body works with the inserts to form a natural barrier within each of your fallopian tubes. These barriers prevent sperm from reaching the eggs so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month timeframe, you must continue to use another form of birth control.

After three months, a confirmation X-ray test is performed. Once Dr. Fajardo has confirmed that the fallopian tubes are completely blocked and the inserts are in place, you can rely on the method for permanent birth control.

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What is Essure?

Essure is the most effective form of permanent birth control available. The Essure procedure works with your body to form a natural barrier in each of the fallopian tubes. Sperm will be unable to reach your eggs and the risk of pregnancy is eliminated. There is no surgery required, no incisions are made into your body, and the recovery time is immediate. After three months and X-ray confirmation, no other form of birth control will be necessary ever again.

What is involved in the Essure procedure?

Two small, soft inserts are fed through the pathways of your vagina and cervix using a transcervical hysteroscopic approach. The inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes, where they slowly expand to conform to the natural contours inside your body. The process of placing the inserts can be completed in less than ten minutes. Your body will gradually form tissue around the inserts, creating a natural barrier over the course of a few months. While this barrier is forming, women should continue some form of birth control. After the three-month period has elapsed, the results of your follow-up visit to Dr. Fajardo will indicate whether the procedure is complete.

What are the benefits of the Essure procedure?

Essure is 99.83% effective based on clinical data and stands as the most effective form of permanent birth control. It is a low-stress procedure that can be completed in-office and avoids the complications of lengthy surgeries. As an alternative to on-going pills and other forms of hormone-laden contraceptives, Essure can provide reliable birth control without daily reminders and without throwing off your body chemistry.

How much does the Essure procedure cost?

Under the contraceptive service provision of the Affordable Care Act, Essure is included in preventative benefit coverage without co-pay or deductible. The cost of the procedure is also covered by Medicaid in every state and by some states’ Family Planning Waivers.

What types of women benefit most from the Essure procedure?

Women that do not want to take oral contraceptives, receive intrauterine devices, or undergo health-compromising surgeries can benefit the most from Essure. Women that are certain about not having children in the future are the best candidates for the Essure procedure, as it should be considered irreversible. Speak with Dr. Fajardo to discuss the particulars of your personal benefits from Essure.