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Permanent Birth Control - Essure
For women who have decided not to have another child or do not wish to ever become pregnant, permanent birth control may be of interest. While tubal ligation (cutting the fallopian tubes so the egg cannot reach the uterus) is an option, there is a new procedure to consider that does not require surgery.
This hysteroscopic sterilization procedure called Essure
may be an appealing alternative to the most commonly used method of sterilization for women: tubal ligation. It permanently prevents pregnancy by blocking the fallopian tubes.
The Essure procedure:
- Does not require general anesthesia
- Takes an average of 15 minutes to perform
- Can be done in Outpatient Surgery at Henry County Hospital
- Has no incisions
- Allows most women to return to work the next day
Hysteroscopic sterilization involves inserting a small spring-like device into each fallopian tube using a hysteroscope (a tiny fiber optic camera). This device holds in place white polyester fibers that cause scarring and block the fallopian tubes within 12 weeks.
Like all sterilization methods, this procedure should be considered irreversible.