Tubal Ligation vs. Essure in Scottsdale

Deciding whether or not it’s time to seek permanent birth control is a major life decision. Whereas men only have the option of a vasectomy for permanent sterilization, women can choose between a tubal ligation, a surgery that closes off a woman’s fallopian tubes, or a non-surgical permanent birth control procedure, like Essure in Scottsdale.

The Essure procedure offers women a permanent birth control solution without hormones, cutting, or the risks of tubal ligation. Two small metal springs are placed in each fallopian tube through the cervix. In about three months, the coil implants will trigger scar tissue to grow around them, permanently blocking the tubes.

The procedure is performed without surgery or anesthesia and takes between 10-30 minutes. It’s typically performed in a doctor’s office and doesn’t require an overnight stay.

Tubal Ligation vs. Essure in Scottsdale

A tubal ligation requires surgery, whereas Essure does not. With Essure, a small insert is put into each fallopian tube through the vagina, cervix, and uterus.

Tubal ligation is usually performed as a laparoscopic procedure under anesthesia. A small incision, about half an inch long, is made in or below the belly button. Gas is used to expand the abdomen, and the fallopian tubes are blocked with either rings, clamps, clips, cutting away part of the tube, or sealing them shut with an electric current.

Stitches or staples are then used to close the incisions.

When making your decision about Essure in Scottsdale, it is important to point out that the procedure is not reversible. Although it may be possible to reverse a tubal ligation, the Essure procedure cannot be reversed – it is literally a permanent birth control method. It may be right for you if you are certain you don’t want any more children and you want a female sterilization method that does not require surgery or anesthesia.

Effectiveness of Essure in Scottsdale

The effectiveness of your contraception is likely an important consideration in your birth control decision. Three months after your procedure, your doctor will perform a test to confirm that the micro-inserts are properly placed and that the fallopian tubes are fully blocked. You will need to use a backup birth control method during this time.

When the Procedure May Not Be the Right Decision

If you might want to have children in the future, the Essure procedure may not be right for you. You should also not undergo the Essure procedure if you are pregnant, have been pregnant during the past 6 weeks, and/or have an active or recent pelvic infection.

Essure in Scottsdale may also not be the right choice if you’re feeling pressured by someone else to have the procedure. Also, because the procedure is a major decision (as it can’t be reversed), you shouldn’t make this choice if you’re under stress or in the middle of a major life change (like after a miscarriage or during a divorce).

If you’ve already decided that permanent sterilization is the way to go, the next thing to decide is whether the Essure procedure may be the right choice for you. Call our office today to schedule a consultation so we can determine if you are a viable candidate.