Essure Sterilization Specialist

Eric Tabas, MD -  - OB-GYN

Eric Tabas, MD

OB-GYN located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Essure® sterilization uses a minimally-invasive procedure to help women enjoy permanent birth control without the need for pills or other ongoing intervention. As a leading provider of state-of-the-art care for women throughout the San Francisco, CA region, Dr. Tabas can help women decide if Essure® is the right choice for their needs.

Essure Sterilization Q & A

What is Essure® sterilization?

Essure® sterilization is a form of permanent birth control that uses a minimally-invasive procedure to implant tiny coils inside the fallopian tubes. The coils stimulate the growth of scar tissue which blocks the fallopian tubes and prevents eggs from reaching the uterus for fertilization. The procedure is non-surgical and can be completed in Dr. Tabas office. It is also permanent, so it is an option for women who have completed their families.

How does Essure® work?

Essure® is implanted during a simple, in-office procedure during which the tiny coils are skillfully inserted into the fallopian tubes. The procedure takes about 10 minutes, and it's performed through the vagina with no need for incisions or general anesthesia. Dr. Tabas uses a hysteroscope to see inside the uterus and fallopian tubes to ensure that the coils are correctly placed. The coils cause minor irritation inside the fallopian tubes which triggers the growth of scar tissue around the coils. Over time, the scar tissue surrounds the coils and blocks the fallopian tubes, so eggs are prevented from descending. It takes between 1 and 3 months for scar tissue to form completely around the coils, so an additional form of birth control should be used during that time to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Essure® also uses no hormones, so there are no hormone-related risks. Because Essure® is a permanent type of birth control, it should only be considered by women who are done having children.

How is Essure® different from other options?

Essure® is different from other forms of sterilization because it is non-surgical, enabling the patient to return to normal activities immediately. Essure is also different from other forms of implant birth control like the IUD or Norplant which do not provide a permanent solution to preventing pregnancy. Essure® is not for everyone, but can provide a permanent solution to family planning.