Sterilization is a procedure that closes or blocks your fallopian tubes so you can’t get pregnant. Your tubes are where the eggs and sperm meet. If they can’t meet, they can’t hook up.
At Planned Parenthood, we offer sterilization services for both women (Essure) and men (vasectomy).
For women, we are happy to offer Essure, a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. The Essure procedure offers women benefits that no other permanent birth control can.
What to expect
The Essure procedure can be completed with no down time, surgery or anesthesia. There is no slowing down to recover, so you won’t need to take any time away from your busy life. During the procedure, your health care provider will slide a small, soft insert into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix. The very tip of each insert remains visible to your provider, providing confirmation of proper placement. The flexible Essure inserts are made from the same trusted silicone-free material used in heart surgery, so they bend and conform to the shape of your fallopian tubes while remaining securely in place.
Over the next three months after your procedure, your body will create a natural barrier within each of your fallopian tubes, making sure sperm will never reach your eggs. This means that after three months & an Essure Confirmation Test, you won’t get pregnant.
Like all permanent birth control procedures, the Essure procedure is not reversible. You should make sure you do not want to get pregnant in the future. If you think you'd like to get pregnant in the future, there are many other methods of birth control available.
Benefits of Essure
- Surgery-Free — A simple procedure performed at Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region in fewer than 10 minutes.
- Hormone-Free — A more natural birth control method.
- Anesthesia-Free — There’s no slowing down to recover, and most women return to normal activities in less than a day!
- Worry-Free — Since 2002 over half a million women and their doctors have trusted Essure as the most effective permanent birth control.
Find a health center near you or call 1.800.230. PLAN (7526) for more information.