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 THE ESSURE® PROCEDURE

Essure Q&A

GENERAL QUESTIONS

PREPARING FOR THE ESSURE PROCEDURE

POST–PROCEDURE AND EFFECTIVENESS

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GENERAL QUESTIONS
Is the Essure procedure reversible?
No, it is NOT reversible. It is a form of permanent birth control, so women who choose to undergo the procedure should be certain they don't want to become pregnant in the future.

How long has Essure been available?
Essure has been in use for over five years. Four years worth of data was collected and resulted in a 99.8% effective rate.

Does Essure contain hormones like other forms of birth control?
No, Essure does not contain any hormones like some other birth control methods like pills, patches, rings and some IUDs. Essure birth control will not interfere with your monthly cycle.

Is the Essure procedure covered by insurance?
The Essure procedure is covered by many insurance carriers, but not all. Although select reproductive health specialists at Appleton-based FVRM do perform Essure, it does not guarantee that the procedure will be covered. You must first check with your insurance company for details on coverage.

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PREPARING FOR THE ESSURE PROCEDURE
How long does the procedure take?
The Essure procedure itself typically takes 15 minutes or less. With pre- and post-preparations, patients can expect to be in and out of the office within an hour.

Does the procedure require a hospital stay?
No, you do not need to go to the hospital to have the Essure procedure done. It is performed right at Fox Valley Reproductive Medicine's clinic in Appleton.

Do I need anesthesia?
No, general anesthesia is not necessary with the Essure procedure. If you feel you need it, you may discuss options with your physician.

Is there an incision involved?
The Essure procedure does not involve any cutting or incisions. It is performed by inserting small, flexible micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes.

How does the procedure work?
Essure consists of small micro-inserts that are inserted within your fallopian tubes. A natural barrier is formed as body tissue starts growing inside the insert, blocking the sperm from reaching the egg.

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POST–PROCEDURE AND EFFECTIVENESS
How long is the recovery process?
Women who undergo the 15-minute Essure procedure can typically return to their normal activities within one day.

Do I need to use another method of birth control after the procedure?
Yes, you will need to use another form of birth control the first three months following the Essure procedure. At this point, your physician will complete a test to verify that the micro-inserts are fully functional. IUDs and IUSs should not be used during this three-month period.

How will I know when Essure is effective?
Three months after the Essure procedure, you will return to FVRM for an Essure Confirmation Test. With this test, your physician will confirm that your tubes are completely blocked and that Essure can be relied on for permanent birth control.

What is the effectiveness rate?
The Essure procedure has been FDA-approved for over five years and has a 99.8% effective rate based on four years of data. During clinical trials, there were zero pregnancies.

What are the risks of Essure? As with any medical procedure, there is potential for certain risks and side effects. Visit the Essure Web site for more details.

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