For women in Utah looking for a non-surgical and permanent form of birth control, an Ogden Clinic gynecologist may recommend the ESSURE procedure. ESSURE is a sterilization procedure that cannot be reversed, does not act as a form of protection from STIs, and will not change your menstrual cycle.
During your ESSURE procedure at Ogden Clinic, your gynecologist will insert a hysteroscope, a thin tube-like instrument with an attached camera, through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. The doctor will then check to make sure that both of the fallopian tube openings are reachable.
After checking this, the doctor will use a small catheter attached to the hysteroscope, to place tiny coils made of metal and fiber inside the fallopian tubes. Scar tissue will then begin to form around the coils over the next 3-6 months, which keeps sperm from reaching the egg in the fallopian tubes. During the initial few months it is important to remember to use other methods of contraception to continue to prevent pregnancy until the ESSURE system is fully in place.
To confirm that the ESSURE procedure was successful, your doctor will you bring you back in a few months and use a contrast agent (dye) and X-rays to confirm that the fallopian tubes were blocked correctly.
While the ESSURE procedure is a viable birth control solution for many women, it is not suitable for everyone. If there is any chance you will want to become pregnant in the future, you should not have an ESSURE procedure. Women who have recently had abortions, pelvic infections, or tubal ligations are also not candidates for the procedure. Women with allergies to the contrast agent used to confirm the tubal blockage should also refrain from having this procedure.
Are you looking for a permanent birth control solution? Would you like to learn more about our non-surgical ESSURE procedure at Ogden Clinic in Utah? Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our gynecologists.