Essure: a non-incisional approach to permanent birth control
Essure must be prescribed by a doctor. It is a device that is intended for permanent pregnancy prevention. It does not protect against either HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases.
Before this device can be used for contraception, you must first undergo a test, called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), which is performed to make sure that both of your tubes are blocked and the devices are in the correct positions. This test is performed approximately 3 months after the Essure micro-insert placement procedure. You must use another form of contraception until you have this test and your doctor tells you that you can rely on Essure for contraception.
Important to Note
If at any time you suspect that you are pregnant, you should seek immediate medical attention to rule out the possibility that you have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy occurring outside of your uterus).
After the Test
After completion of the Essure micro-insert placement procedure, you will be given a patient identification card, which you should keep with you at all times and present to other physicians involved in your present or future care.