Some women should not have Essure due to increased risks. This includes women with the following conditions:
- Allergy to nickel or the type of dye used in an Essure confirmation test
- Current or recent infection of the uterus
- Desire to bear a child in the future
- Having only one fallopian tube available for the micro-insert
- A previous tubal ligation
- Pregnancy or recent pregnancy
Reducing your risk of complications
You can reduce the risk of some complications by following your treatment plan and:
- Following activity, dietary and lifestyle restrictions and recommendations before your Essure procedure and during recovery
- Using another method of birth control or abstaining from sex until your doctor tells you that your fallopian tubes are completely blocked
- Informing your doctor or radiologist if you are nursing or if there is any possibility of pregnancy
- Notifying your doctor right away of vaginal bleeding or discharge, fever, and increase in abdominal pain or cramping
- Taking your medications exactly as directed
- Telling all members of your care team if you have any allergies, especially a nickel allergy. The Essure micro-insert contains nickel.
How do I prepare for my Essure procedure?
You are an important member of your own healthcare team. The steps you take before your procedure can improve your comfort and outcome. You can prepare for Essure by:
- Answering all questions about your medical history and medications. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbal treatments, and vitamins. It is a good idea to carry a current list of your medical conditions, medications, and allergies at all times.
- Taking or stopping medications exactly as directed
- Telling your doctor about all your pregnancies, how recently you were pregnant, and if there is any possibility of current pregnancy
Questions to ask your doctor
Preparing for an Essure procedure can be stressful. It is common for patients to forget some of their questions during a doctor’s office visit. You may also think of other questions after your appointment. Contact your doctor with concerns and questions before Essure placement and between appointments.
It is also a good idea to bring a list of questions to your appointment. Questions can include:
- What are my other options for birth control?
- How long will the procedure take? When can I go home?
- What restrictions will I have after the procedure? When can I return to work and other activities?
- What kind of assistance will I need at home?
- When can I stop using another method of birth control?
- When should I return for my confirmation test?
- How should I take my medications?
- How will you treat my pain?
- When should I follow up with you?
- How should I contact you? Ask for numbers to call during and after regular hours.
What can I expect after my Essure procedure?
Knowing what to expect can help you get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.
How will I feel after the Essure procedure?
You may experience menstrual-like cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or discomfort in your lower back or pelvis for a few days after the Essure procedure. Call your doctor if these symptoms worsen or continue past a few days because it may be a sign of a complication.
When can I go home?
The procedure generally takes about an hour. Patients generally go home and resume normal activities immediately afterwards. You may need to take medication for a few hours or days to treat cramping or discomfort.
When should I call my doctor?
It is important to keep your follow-up appointments after an Essure procedure. Contact your doctor for questions and concerns between appointments. Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical care if you have:
- Bloating, swelling or pain in your abdomen or belly
- Inability to urinate, pas gas, or have a bowel movement
- New or unusual vaginal discharge
- Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, or wheezing
- Vaginal bleeding
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