Essure is a minimally invasive procedure, ideal for women who are looking for a permanent, non-reversible, form of birth control.

A permanent, non reversible surgery-free form of birth control

It can be performed at Spire Wellesley Hospital on an Out-patient Walk-in, Walk-out basis and doesn’t involve any hormones, cutting, burning or any of the usual risks associated with general anaesthesia.

The procedure involves placing small, flexible micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes through the vagina and cervix. Over the next three months, the body will begin to form a natural barrier around the micro-inserts, which will eventually prevent sperm from reaching the egg.

Three months after the procedure, a follow up test will be performed to confirm that the micro-inserts have formed a natural barrier and can be used for permanent birth control. Until this test is performed and the gynaecologist has provided you with the results, another form of birth control must be used.
Essure is 99.8% effective*.

The chance of complications depends on the individual but you should speak to your Consultant who will explain any risks to you.

How long does it take?
Following the procedure, most women can return home within 45 minutes and are able to return to normal activity within a day. The procedure itself is not effective as a form of birth control until confirmed by your gynaecologist at the follow up tests, which are approximately three months after the procedure.

What are the follow up tests?
A consultant will carry out an X-ray to confirm that the Essure micro-inserts are correctly placed to ensure they can be relied on for permanent contraception. It is essential to have the follow up test to ensure that the procedure has been a success.

For more information or to book an appointment with a gynaecologist please call our Treatment Advisors on 01702 447 926.

For more information regarding Womens Health Services at the Spire Wellesley Hospital, please click here.

*based on 4 years of clinical data.

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How does it work?

Step 1
A Consultant Gynaecologist inserts soft, flexible micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes. No incision is needed because these tiny inserts are delivered through the vagina and cervix. 


Step 2
Over the next three months, a natural barrier forms around the micro-inserts and prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. The ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed back into the body.


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