Having children is one of the greatest joys in our lives but what happens when you are done having children? There are numerous options for birth control but many women also get to a point when they are sick of taking pills or having an IUD and may consider permanent options. Typically this is a vasectomy for a male or a tubal ligation for women, but at a breakfast sponsored by HealthyWomen.org I recently learned of a quick, surgery and hormone-free permanent birth control option called Essure.
Hosted by HealthyWomen.org, Executive Director Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill spoke about a recent survey that concluded that women really don'??t know about permanent birth control options, even though it is the second most common form of birth control. According to Dr. Cindy Basinski OB/GYN (also in attendance at the event), '??many women think that tubal ligation is their only permanent option, so they stay on temporary methods like condoms or the pill.'? However, Dr. Basinski who performs this procedure in her Indiana-based medical facility noted, '??When it comes to birth control, the doctor assumes that patients are satisfied with their current method. The flipside is women think their doctors should bring it up.'? Adding, '??the conversation isn'??t happening.'?
At this informative session, Shannon and Chuck Backer were also there to share their experiences with Essure. As a family of 5 with 3 children, they found themselves '??100 percent content with their family'? when they decided to look into permanent options like a vasectomy. Chuck and Shannon were extremely uncomfortable during his consultation and they decided to research more about Essure after hearing about it from a friend. They decided to go through with it where Shannon went in for a 10-minute procedure and received a Valium to calm her muscles. In about an hour she was back to her old routine, which as a mom of three allowed her to not have any downtime with a minimally invasive procedure that gave her a '??peace of mind'? as well as the solution she was looking for.
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As a surgery-free option, Essure works when a doctor places soft, flexible inserts into the fallopian tubes. There is no incision needed because these tiny inserts are delivered through the vagina and cervix. Over the next three months, the body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier against pregnancy '?? thus preventing the sperm from reaching the eggs. Birth control pills are also required for three months after the procedure and once the three months are over, patients will have a confirmation test where a special dye is introduced into the uterus and viewed on an X-Ray. By doing this a doctor can confirm that inserts are in place and that the fallopian tubes are blocked. Once a patient get an ok from these tests they can start to solely use Essure as their form of birth control '?? no pills, no condoms or IUD'??s are ever needed again. The egg still releases (and women still get their periods), however since the eggs can'??t be fertilized and they are simply absorbed back into the body.
As a permanent option, which is in no way reversible a doctor will have an extensive consultation where they will evaluate a patients history to determine if they have completed childbearing as well as decide if they are emotionally and mentally prepared to no longer have children.
If you are interested in learning more about Essure, HealthyWomen.org has some questions that you can ask your doctor:
- How will I know if permanent birth control is right for me?
- What are my options for permanent birth control?
- What are my other birth control options?
- How is the non-surgical procedure performed?
- Are there any life circumstances or emotional factors I should consider?
- Is permanent birth control ever reversible?
For additional information, please visit: www.essure.com/
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