So I thought that I would take a moment and share my latest experience with you. Last Wednesday I was admitted into the hospital for an elected procedure. It is called Essure, it is a surgery-free and hormone-free permanent birth control. I am sad to announce that I no longer will be able to have anymore children. I know four is enough though….right. 🙂 Knowing that I made the right decision I can’t help being sad. I look at my beautiful children and feel so lucky! I have four amazing gifts from god.
Due to the health concerns while I am pregnant my doctor and I came to the conclusion that it would be best for my health to have no more children. I was unable to get my “tubes tied” after delivery so I had no other choice but to wait, so I elected the Essure Procedure.
Feeling lucky that there is now a procedure out there that does not require surgery, no hormones and making it a safe alternative. Permanent alternative I should say! This is even a procedure that can be preformed in your doctor’s office, if they have all the equipment there. We had originally planned on doing this procedure in the office but considering the time frame it was easier to have it done in same day surgery at the hospital. I say time frame because you have to call your doctors office and let them know the first day of your menstrual cycle. So within 8 to 14 days your procedure will be scheduled.
Okay so these small coil like inserts are designed to slide easily into each fallopian tube. Forming a long protective barrier against pregnancy. They also remain visible outside your tubes, so your doctor can confirm proper placement. After 3 months I will have a confirmation test, which a special dye is introduced into my uterus and viewed on an x-ray allowing the doctor to visibly see that my tubes are completely blocked.
Recovery time is fast nothing like a surgery recovery. I did have cramping and lots of it. I did bleed heavy for about four days after. To be honest, it is over a week since I had this procedure done and I am still feeling sore on both of my sides. This is normal though, there is tugging and pulling on an area that is not use to that kind of movement so being sore is normal. Still better than surgery in my eyes though.
My insurance covered everything 100% so I have no worry there and after my three months I will not have to remain on the birth control pill either so the cost of that will be eliminated.
Some questions that you may have about the Essure:
- Can I trust the Essure Procedure? YES Essure is 99.8% effective based on four years of clinical data. Higher than any other permanent birth control.
- Is the Procedure painful? Generally NO. Discomfort and cramping during and after the procedure are normal.
- How long is the Recovery? Most woman go home within 45 minutes of the Essure procedure and return to normal activities in less than a day.
- Will I still have a Period? YES
- Is Essure covered by my Insurance? Most insurance providers cover this procedure when it is preformed in the doctor’s office, there may be a co-pay if you have it done in the hospital.
- Is the Essure easily Reversible? NO like all permanent birth control.
- Is Essure Safe? Essure eliminates the risks, discomfort and recovery time associated with surgical procedures like tubal ligation.
Now remember this is my opinion of the Essure and how it has worked for me. I researched and discussed all options and had all questions answered by my doctor so that I felt comfortable with having this procedure done. If you are not 100% positive with having a permanent birth control procedure done there are many other options out there for you, just discuss them with your doctor.