Considering Permanent Birth Control?

Permanent birth control is a personal decision chosen when you know for sure that you don’t want more children. These surgical and non-surgical options are extremely effective at establishing permanent infertility. If you’ve given it a lot of thought and decided that you’re interested in permanent birth control, here’s what you should know.

How permanent birth control works

Each month your ovaries release an egg that travels through your Fallopian tubes. Pregnancy occurs when the sperm meets the egg in the Fallopian tubes and fertilizes it. Permanent birth control procedures work by interfering with the fertilization process. If sperm can’t reach an egg, pregnancy cannot occur. Permanent sterilization is a good option if you:

Are positive you don’t want more children

Essure® non-surgical permanent birth control

At OBGYN Care we offer Essure®, an FDA-approved non-surgical permanent sterilization method. It’s an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require general anesthesia or a hospital stay.

How it works

There is no cutting involved and no need to worry about scars. Your OB/GYN places a soft, flexible device into your Fallopian tubes, where a barrier forms over the course of about 90 days. During that time, you’ll need to continue using another form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. Once formed, the barrier will prevent sperm from reaching your eggs.

After three months, your provider will perform a test to make sure Essure is working properly. Once you receive the go ahead, you can stop using another form of birth control and rely on Essure to block pregnancy.

Here are some advantages of Essure:

Tubal ligation

The team at OBGYN Care provides tubal ligation as a surgical option for permanent birth control. This procedure permanently cuts, ties, or blocks your Fallopian tubes. Your doctor will help make your tubal ligation procedure as comfortable as possible.

You may get general anesthesia during which time you’re asleep; local anesthesia, which numbs a specific area; or conscious sedation, in which you’re awake but very relaxed.

The recovery time depends on the type of tubal ligation; however, you should plan on spending one to three weeks recovering. If you have the procedure right after having a baby, recovery may take longer.

Here are some benefits of tubal ligation:

Talking to your doctor

At OBGYN Care we put patient health and wellness first and offer an array of effective permanent and non-permanent birth control options. The best way to find out if permanent sterilization is right for you is to come in and speak with one of our OB/GYNs.

Your doctor will make you aware of the potential risks and answer any questions you may have. It helps to bring a checklist of questions, take notes, and request printed materials.

Determining whether you’re ready for permanent birth control is an important decision. To learn more, schedule an appointment at OBGYN Care by calling or booking online today.

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