Essure Specialist

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates -  - OB-GYN

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates

OB-GYNs located in Milford, CT & Westport, CT

At Southern Connecticut Women's Health Center Associates, choosing which type of birth control and contraception is a personal decision made with assistance from your OB-GYN. There are many choices and the means preventing pregnancy differ. Located in Milford and Westport, Connecticut, Our doctors offer many different methods, including Essure.

Essure Q & A

How Does Essure Work?

Once the Essure bead is surgically placed inside the vagina, your body reacts to the bead and together a permanent blockage of the fallopian tube occurs. Without a clear passage, the egg cannot reach the uterus and the sperm cannot reach the egg.

Because the bond that produces the blockage is created by both your body and the Essure device, you will need to continue with the second form of birth control until that blockage is complete. Please ask your doctor for the best form of birth control for Essure to be paired with.

Since Essure Is Placed Surgically, Will There Be an Incision?

Essure does not require an incision. The device is placed by using the natural pathways through the vagina and cervical opening to the fallopian tubes. There is no visible scarring and incisions are not necessary. Dr. Murray and Dr. Sivkin are both highly skilled physicians, and can perform the procedure without any incision.

How Long Does Essure Last?

Essure is considered a permanent form of contraception. The device does not need replacing. It is made from a mixture that contains nickel and titanium and materials that are used in other surgical devices such as heart stents. As such, the material that comprises Essure has been used for long periods of time with few issues.

How Do I Know When Essure is Not the Right Choice for Me?

Because Essure is considered a permanent form of contraception, you should not use it if you still plan on becoming pregnant or if you are unsure whether you want to continue to have children.  If you are allergic to nickel, then Essure is not for you. The product is known to leach nickel which would then cause an allergic reaction. If you are unsure if you have allergies to nickel, your doctor can offer a simple skin test to determine your compatibility.  The Essure device should not be placed within six weeks of your last pregnancy. The Essure device should also not be placed if you have an active pelvic infection or one that ended within the last month.


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