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Essure

Essure is a Surgery-Free Option for Permanent Birth Control
Is your family complete? Are you looking for a permanent option for birth control that doesn’t involve surgery? Cherokee Women’s Health now offers Essure, the only permanent non-surgical method of birth control available that is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Explore how Essure works and who’s a good candidate for this birth control method.

How Does Essure Work?
Essure is a simple in-office procedure that can be performed in around ten minutes. Your doctor will place the two tiny Essure inserts into your fallopian tubes. These inserts work alongside your body to create a natural barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs. Most women go home 30 minutes after the procedure and can return to their normal activities within 24 hours.

After the procedure, another form of birth control must be used, generally for about three months, while the barrier strengthens. After three months, a confirmation test will verify that the inserts were placed correctly and that you can rely on Essure as your only method of birth control.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Essure?
Essure is a permanent form of birth control, so if you’re still considering adding to your family, you should talk to your doctor about alternative forms of birth control. Some questions to ask when considering Essure are:

• Are you sure you don’t want any more children?
• Are you looking for a birth control that doesn’t contain hormones?
• Are you interested in a permanent birth control method that doesn’t involve surgery?

Is Essure Covered by Insurance?
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans are now required to cover all FDA-approved methods of birth control for women at no cost. (This includes co-pays, deductibles, or out-of-pocket costs.) Before having the procedure, it’s important to verify with your insurance company that Essure is covered by your plan, as well as checking to see if there are any limitations or exemptions.

If you’re interested in learning how Essure can help you protect against unwanted pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment. Our physicians can discuss your family planning needs and determine the right method of birth control for you.

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