Essure Permanent Birth Control

Essure Permanent Birth Control

Trusted by hundreds of thousands of women and their doctors for over eight years, Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This gentle procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes.

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Essure is covered by most insurance providers, and if the Essure procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, depending on your specific insurance plan, payment may be as low as a simple co-pay.

Essure offers women what no birth control ever has

  • No surgery, burning or anesthesia
  • No hormones
  • No slowing down to  recover
  • Performed in less than 10 minutes
  • Peace of mind – your doctor can confirm when you can rely on Essure for birth control
  • Trusted by hundreds of thousands of women and doctors for over five years

With Essure, you’ll never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy again. Essure is 99.8% effective with zero pregnancies*, making it the most effective form of permanent birth control available.

The Essure procedure is permanent and is NOT reversible. Therefore, you should be sure you do not want children in the future.

About the Procedure
Unlike other permanent birth control, the Essure procedure does not require cutting into the body or the use of radiofrequency energy to burn the fallopian tubes. Instead, an Essure trained doctor inserts soft, flexible inserts through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) and into your fallopian tubes. The very tip of the device remains outside the fallopian tube, which provides you and your doctor with immediate visual confirmation of placement.


During the 3 months following the procedure, your body and the inserts work together to form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this period, you must continue using another form of birth control (other than an IUD).

After three months, it’s time to get an Essure Confirmation Test to verify you’re protected from the worries of unplanned pregnancy. The test uses a dye and special type of x-ray to ensure both that the inserts are in place and that the fallopian tubes are completely blocked.

Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, and some forms of IUDs, Essure does not contain hormones to interfere with your natural menstrual cycle. Your periods should more or less continue in their natural state.

Watch an animated Essure procedure.

Benefits of the Essure procedure

No surgery, cutting or burning
The Essure inserts are passed through the body’s natural pathways and inserted into the fallopian tubes. Unlike other forms of permanent birth control, there is no cutting into the body, burning, or destruction of the fallopian tubes through the use of radiofrequency energy.

Most effective
Trusted by hundreds of thousands of women and their doctors for over 5 years, the Essure procedure is 99.74% effective, making it the most effective method of permanent birth control. It is the only birth control method with zero pregnancies in clinical trials.

Can be performed in the comfort of a doctor’s office
Because there is no cutting or anesthesia required, the Essure procedure can be performed safely and comfortably in your doctor’s office.

No anesthesia
The Essure procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office without the need for anesthesia. Although some physicians may offer anesthesia, this is not a requirement of the procedure. You should discuss your options with your Essure physician.

No hormones
Unlike many temporary methods of birth control such as birth control pills, the patch, the ring and some IUDs, the Essure inserts do not contain hormones so they will not interfere with your monthly cycle.

No slowing down to recover
Most women return to their normal activities in less than a day.

Peace of mind
Unlike other permanent birth control procedures, Essure confirms both that the inserts are in place and that your fallopian tubes are completely blocked, so you can achieve the confidence you want in birth control.

Short procedure time
The Essure procedure takes less than 10 minutes for an Essure trained physician to perform. Most women are on their way in an average of 45 minutes

Covered by insurance 
The Essure procedure is covered by most insurance providers. If the procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, depending on the insurance plan, your payment may be as low as a simple co-pay.

The Essure procedure avoids the risks and discomfort of surgical procedures like tubal ligation and vasectomy. Additionally, the silicone-free inserts are made from materials that have been used successfully for many years in cardiac stents and other medical devices that are placed in the body.

Risks of the Essure procedure

  • No form of birth control should be considered 100% effective
  • Not all women will achieve successful placement of both inserts
  • Side effects during or immediately after the procedure may include mild to moderate cramping, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/light-headedness, and bleeding/spotting

Choosing permanent birth control is a significant decision and you should reflect, inform yourself, and discuss it with those closest to you prior to committing to permanent birth control.  Once you have explored your options and discussed the procedure in detail with your doctor, you can move forward and have the Essure procedure with confidence.

Essure may be right for you if you:

  • Are certain you do not want any more children
  • Want to stop worrying about  unplanned pregnancy forever
  • Want the most effective permanent birth control available
  • Want to stop managing your temporary birth control method
  • Would like to stop taking hormone-based birth control
  • Want to avoid the incision, scarring, burning, radiofrequency energy, silicone or risks of other permanent birth control procedures
  • Are concerned about the risks of general anesthesia
  • Want more spontaneity in your sexual relationship
  • Want confirmation that you’re protected from unplanned pregnancy


You should delay your decision if you:

  • May want to have children in the future
  • Are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • Have been pregnant during the past six weeks
  • Have an active or recent pelvic infection
  • Feel pressured by someone else to have the procedure
  • Are going through major life changes, such as a divorce
  • Are managing serious health problems