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Essure - Permanent Birth Control for Women


When your family is complete, you may be ready to consider this non-surgical, hormone-free, permanent birth control method now being offered at our Comprehensive Health Center in Overland Park.

When you know your family is complete, you're ready to consider permanent birth control. More and more women are making the decision to have the Essure procedure to prevent unplanned pregnancy, so they can fully enjoy the lives they have built for themselves. They're choosing lives without hormones or the hassle of temporary birth control methods, with the confidence of knowing that they are protected from unplanned pregnancy forever.

Permanent contraception (sterilization) is the most common form of birth control for women over the age of 30 and the second most common birth control method for all women of child-bearing age.

Essure offers women whose families are complete a proven and easy birth control choice that doesn't require incisions, hormones or slowing down to recover. Women who choose Essure never have to worry about birth control again—no daily pill, no side effects, no quick trips to the pharmacy.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is pleased 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.

The Benefits of Essure:

Surgery-free -
During the procedure, the Essure inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of the vagina and cervix, with no incisions and no surgery.

Hormone-free -
Unlike many temporary methods of birth control, the Essure inserts do not contain hormones. Therefore, they will not interfere with your monthly cycle nor cause the side effects that many women experience with hormone-related birth control.

Virtually recovery-free -
Following the Essure procedure, most women return to their normal activities in less than a day.

Most effective -
Essure is proven to be the most effective permanent birth control available, based on five years of clinical data.

Trusted -
More than half a million women have chosen Essure as their permanent birth control since 2002. Additionally, the Essure inserts are made from the same proven materials that have been used in heart stents for many years.

What to Expect:

During the procedure, your doctor will slide small, soft inserts through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix into your fallopian tubes. No incisions are necessary, and this process typically takes less than 10 minutes. The inserts are designed to allow your doctor to see immediately that they have been properly placed. Anesthesia is not required for the procedure, although some doctors may offer it. Some women report mild discomfort or cramping during or after the procedure that is similar to a normal monthly cycle. Most women go home within 45 minutes of having the Essure procedure, and return to 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 your fallopian tubes. These barriers prevent sperm from reaching the eggs so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this time, you and your partner will need to continue to use another form of birth control.

You will continue to have a regular menstrual period, but some women who have had the Essure procedure find that their period changes afterward, becoming slightly lighter or heavier. These changes may be due to discontinuing hormone-based birth control, such as the Pill, and returning to your normal cycle. Your ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed through your body's normal processes.

That's it! Now you can focus on yourself, your family and the life you have created, with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy.

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.

The Essure procedure is performed at Planned Parenthood's Comprehensive Health Center in Overland Park, Kansas. To schedule your appointment call us at 913.345.1400 today!

For more information about Essure, please visit www.essure.com.

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Essure - Permanent Birth Control for Women