We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions women are asking about the Essure Birth Control device – Essure FAQ
Q. What are the side effects of Essure? Dangers?
A. Side effects from the Essure device includes: painful menstrual periods, vaginal bleeding, perforated fallopian tubes, expelled device, migrating of the device, extreme pain during intercourse.
Q. Is it worth getting Essure over a tubal ligation? Hysterectomy?
A. only you can make this determination, is it worth it for YOU? What if you change your mind and want to have children.
Q. How long is the recovery time for Essure? (How many days off work would I have to take?)
A. Many women can go back to a normal life in as little as two days.
Q. How long does the Essure procedure take?
A. Many times the Essure procedure can take as little as 10-15 minutes to perform.
Q. Will I have pain after the Essure implant? During? (Will they have to put me under?)
A. The Essure procedure does not require general anesthesia in order to be inserted. Some women have reported pain.
Q. Is Essure really permanent? (Can I have unsafe sex and not get pregnant?)
A. There have been numerous women reporting that they HAVE become pregnant after having the device installed. Bayer claims that the device is 99% effective, but this number should be taken lightly since news of women becoming pregnant is now increasing.
Q. Has Essure been successful for other women?
A. This is a question of numbers, many women have had success and not gotten pregnant while using the device, but others have.
Q. Is Essure covered under my health insurance?
A. Since the American Care Act was signed into law, any FDA approved birth control device can be had at no cost to the person. Some health plans are different so contact your provided and ask.
Q. Will I have to take any pain medication after the Essure procedure?
A. There have many women experiencing pain after the procedure lasting 4-6 hours. Taking prescription pain pills is a common solution.
Q. How long does Essure take to be effective? (Do I have to keep taking my birth control afterwards?)
A. Bayer states that it can take 3 months for the scar tissue to form in the fallopian tube.
Q. What if I’m not 100% sure I’m done having children, but still would like the Essure procedure?
A. This is a highly personal question that should be discussed with your partner or other family members. Each person has different goals in life. You should be aware that Essure is a permanent birth control procedure.
Q. Is there a follow up appointment to make sure the Essure procedure went well?
A. Many doctors recommend that you re-visit after a 3 month period to make sure the fallopian tubes are completely blocked.
Essure FAQ page updated on June 2, 2015.