Permanent Birth Control Options For Women

If one thing’s for sure, it’s that life happens in stages. This is true for our work lives, relationships, and even our health. If you’re finished having kids, it may be time to look into a permanent birth control option. There are many different kinds on the market, and they vary based on the specifics of what the procedure involves, the effectiveness, and the recovery time.

Once you’re finished having kids, it can be a major inconvenience to continue taking birth control pills every month. They affect your health, and there’s still the possibility of forgetting to take them and being at risk for pregnancy. We’d like to talk about a few permanent options today and give you some more information on how to decide which one is right for you.

Permanent Birth Control Options For Women

The first technique is called tubal ligation, or female sterilization. In layman’s terms, this surgery is what most of us refer to as getting your tubes tied. This causes permanent sterilization by surgically closing the tubes, which doesn’t allow the egg to move into the uterus. It also blocks the passage of sperm up into the tube. It’s the most common type of permanent birth control option, but most invasive.

The second is called nonsurgical permanent birth control, also known as fallopian tube occlusion. This procedure includes injecting a small insert inside of the fallopian tube. Naturally, your body forms a barrier around the insert in about three months, blocking the tube. During this time, you’re recommended to continue using a backup form of birth control. Once your three month follow-up is completed, the doctor will be able to update you on the procedure and your body’s status.

This is a gentler, simpler permanent contraceptive. The most popular procedure is known as Essure. Essure is a sterilization procedure for women that Dr. Sweeten performs right here at Understanding Women. She’s the first doctor to be certified as an EAP physician in Arizona, and is committed to providing the best in patient satisfaction and care.

Unlike tubal ligation, the Essure treatment requires no incisions. The whole procedure can typically be completed within an hour, with local anesthesia in the comfort of our state-certified facility. During the procedure, micro-inserts are passed through the vagina, cervix, and uterus, and placed into the fallopian tube. As mentioned, a natural barrier is formed by the body over a three month period.

The technique and process is so minimal that most women report getting back to their regular schedule the very same day. After the initial three month period, Dr. Sweeten performs a special kind of X-ray. This is called an HSG, and it’s to confirm that the tubes are completely blocked. This ensures that Essure will be a reliable, permanent birth control option for you and your body.

If you’d like to book an appointment or ask additional questions, please give us a call today at: (602) 393 0661. We’d be happy to help answer your questions, and set a date for you to come in. We look forward to hearing from you soon.