Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. It’s surgery-free, hormone-free, covered by most insurance providers and Medicaid programs, and available at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood.
How does Essure work?
Unlike traditional permanent birth control methods, Essure is a quick, surgery-free procedure. During the procedure the doctor places the soft, flexible inserts through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix into your fallopian tubes. The Essure inserts are made from the same material used in heart stents and other medical devices, so they bend and conform to the shape of your fallopian tubes while remaining securely in place. Most women go home within 45 minutes and return to their normal activities in less than a day.
Over the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within each of your fallopian tubes. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching the eggs so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month time frame you must continue to use another form of birth control in order to prevent pregnancy.
Three months after the Essure procedure, The Essure Confirmation Test is required to verify your fallopian tubes are completely blocked. Once this is confirmed, you can rely on Essure for permanent pregnancy prevention.
Scheduling an Essure Procedure
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota offers the Essure procedure at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood on Vandalia Street. If you are interested in learning more about Essure or wish to schedule an appointment call 1.800.230.PLAN.