How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Before you have the Essure system implanted, your health care provider will likely:

  • Ask about your reasons for choosing sterilization and discuss factors that could lead to regret, such as a young age or marital discord
  • Discuss the causes and probability of sterilization failure
  • Discuss the need for you to use another method of contraception for three months following the procedure, or until tubal blockage is confirmed
  • Explain the details of the procedure
  • Reinforce that the Essure system can't be reversed
  • Review the risks and benefits of reversible and permanent methods of contraception

Your health care provider will also talk with you about choosing the right time to do the procedure. He or she will need a clear view of your tubal openings to implant the Essure system. As a result, he or she may recommend that you use a hormonal contraceptive that contains a progestin — such as the combination birth control pill, the minipill or Depo-Provera — for a couple of weeks to thin the lining of your uterus (endometrium). If you don't want to use a hormonal contraceptive, your health care provider will schedule the procedure shortly after your period.

Jan. 12, 2012