Essure implants are a very effective form of birth control, but they can sometimes cause symptoms such as pain. As a result, some women who have had the Essure procedure would like to have the implants removed.
What are the chances of getting pregnant after Essure?
It takes anywhere from three to six months after the Essure system is placed to prevent pregnancy. After this time, your risk of becoming pregnant is only about .1% if Essure is placed properly.
What are the long-term side effects of Essure?
Essure may cause some of the following side effects:
- Abdominal, pelvic, or back pain
- Allergic reaction, including symptoms such as hives, rash, itching, and swelling
- Unintended pregnancy with a higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy (which occurs outside the uterus and can be life-threatening)
- A tear or hole in the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Essure inserts moving to the pelvic or abdominal cavity
- Changes in weight
Is Essure removal covered by insurance?
Essure removal may be covered by insurance, but you should check with your insurance company about your individual policy. If you’re having the inserts removed for a medical reason, such as pain, you may be more likely to have your insurance cover the surgery.
Can Essure coils be removed?
Essure coils can be removed in a variety of ways, including the following:
- Removing with a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end that’s inserted into the vagina. This can typically only be used within a few weeks after Essure is implanted
- Cutting open the fallopian tubes to remove the coils
- Removing the fallopian tubes
- Removing the uterus (hysterectomy)
What happens if you get pregnant with Essure?
You have a very low risk of getting pregnant if you have Essure implants, but if you do get pregnant, you’ll have a higher chance of it being an ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy occurs outside the uterus and can be very dangerous, so you should tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant after having the Essure procedure.
Can Essure implants be removed?
Although Essure implants are designed to be permanent, they can be surgically removed. It’s best to find an Ob/Gyn with experience in removing the implants to determine whether removal is your best option, and if so, which type of surgery is best for you.
If you’ve had the Essure procedure and would like to talk to a doctor about whether you should have the inserts removed, make an appointment today with Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn in Englewood and Kettering, Ohio. We offer cutting-edge treatments and specialized care and will recommend the best treatments for your unique needs.