Isn’t that what doctors do before surgery? Doesn’t that last forever? Wait, it can be undone?

Sterilization is nearly 100% effective.

.03% of women who use an Essure (insert) will get pregnant

.05% of women who use traditional incision methods will get pregnant.

How To Use

Commonly referred to as “getting your tubes tied”. There are several methods of sterilization.  Sterilization prevents an egg produced in the ovaries from traveling through the fallopian tubes towards the uterus, where it can be fertilized by sperm.

There are multiple ways to perform a sterilization: cutting and cauterizing the fallopian tubes; closing the tubes with clips, clamps or rings; or the most effective – tiny inserts that are placed into each tube. Tissue then grows around the inserts and blocking eggs from flowing. Another option is to remove the entire uterus.

However, it is done — sterilization will prevent sperm from reaching the egg.

Side Effects

Does not protect against STI’s or HIV infections.

If the insert is not placed correctly the first time, other procedures may be necessary to ensure safety

Rarely, complications like changes in menstrual cycle, infection, and pelvic or back pain may occur

Note to Self

Sterilization is meant to be permanent and reversals can be dangerous (for women), very hard to do and expensive.