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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Safe Birth Control Methods and Myths: Essure

Essure, female sterilization, is supposedly one of the safest ways to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It has a very low failure rate, 0,26. It means that out of 384 women, only one has become pregnant when using this method. However, do consider that researchers of Yale University claim that its failure rate is much higher than that. Before you make your decision, consult with your gynecologist!
Essure is a surgical procedure, performed by a doctor. It is a permanent birth control method, it is irreversible, you only have to undergo a surgery only once in your life. Essure surgery has been available for United States citizens since 2002, when the Food and Drug Administration approved this method. Probably you want to know that Essure is affordable, it is less expensive than laparoscopic bilateral tubal ligation.

The surgery takes only ten minutes. You just go to a physician’s office and undergo the surgery, you do not have to undergo anesthesia. Do ask for some kind of analgesia though, otherwise your surgery will be extremely painful.

During the process, your physician will place tiny, thin, flexible inserts into both of your fallopian tubes, using a catheter through your vaginal canal, cervix, and uterus. The inserts will prevent unwanted pregnancy, since they contain polyethylene terephthalate fibers, they cause inflammation that leads to fibrotic reaction. The small device is held in place by a stainless steel inner coil and a nickel titanium alloy coil. It will induce tissue growth in and around the insert within three months, blocking the fallopian tubes. The forming tissue will prevent sperm from getting into the fallopian tube and reaching the egg. Naturally, for three months, you have to use some other form of birth control.

Three months after your surgery, a doctor should perform an x-ray procedure on you, hysterosalpingogram, to see whether the inserts fully blocked your fallopian tubes. The physician injects a contrast agent (a dye) through your cervix. If the doctor cannot detect any contrast agent leaking at the Essure coils, your surgery is considered safe.

According to Yale University scientists, Essure is not a very safe birth control method. It also has some risks: failure to place both inserts during the first procedure, expulsion, or perforation of your tissues.

Essure may cause serious side-effects like intense pain, bleeding, changes in your period, nausea, allergic reactions to the inserts and its materials as well as allergic response to different allergens, rashes, a weakened immune system, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss. Plenty of Essure patients, named E-sisters, speak up on social media sites about their painful history with Essure.

Consider these possible side-effects before you decide to choose Essure.