Permanent Birth Control
Ah…the pitter-patter of little feet. First 2, then 4, then 6… Whoa!!! Whatever your plans for childbearing may be – whether you want just 2 or a whole baseball team – most parents have a limit to the number of children they want. If you are one of these people, and you are certain you don’t want any more kids, what are your options?
Until a few years ago, women had two choices: abstinence or tubal ligation. The former, though certainly the most effective form of birth control, is not what most people are looking for. The latter involves surgical incisions, a recovery time of 1-2 weeks, and an effectiveness that isn’t any better than birth control pills (when they are used correctly). Two poor choices, to say the least.
Now, there is a great new option for permanent birth control. This new method, known as Essure, is a 10 minute (or less) procedure which permanently blocks the Fallopian tubes, thus preventing pregnancy. Like tubal ligation, these are outpatient procedures, meaning you go home the same day. Unlike tubal ligation, however, this new procedure:
- Uses no incisions (no cutting)
- Is much more effective (99.6% or more for the prevention of pregnancy)
- Uses minimal anesthesia. Because there is no cutting, the discomfort of the procedure is minimal, allowing it to be done using light sedation, or even no anesthetic at all.
- Has a much shorter recovery time. Patients who have these procedures done usually return to normal activities the day after the procedure, some the same day.
Essure is not for everyone. Talk with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate. Since it is considered irreversible, patients must be entirely certain of their desire for a permanent birth control solution. If you are, these minimally-invasive procedures provide superior efficacy without the need for abdominal surgery, very little post-operative discomfort, and a very short recovery time, allowing you to return to your life as quickly as possible.