How Essure Works

Once your family is complete and you’re thinking about Essure, you’ll want to learn how it works with your body to prevent pregnancy.

Essure is just three simple steps

The Essure procedure is usually performed in less than ten minutes in your doctor’s office. Most women go home within 45 minutes and return to normal activities in less than a day. For the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. Once the barrier is confirmed through an Essure Confirmation Test, you’ll enjoy the confidence that comes from knowing you are protected from unplanned pregnancy.


An Essure-certified doctor places soft, flexible inserts into each of your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix. There is no incision necessary. The tip of each insert remains visible, so your doctor can confirm that placement is accurate.



Over the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within your fallopian tubes that prevents sperm from reaching your eggs. Your ovaries will continue to release eggs, but they will be absorbed naturally into your body. You must continue to use another form of birth control during these three months.



After three months you’ll take the Essure Confirmation Test to confirm you can no longer get pregnant. A special dye is introduced into your uterus, then viewed on an x-ray to confirm that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked. Once you receive verification from your doctor, you can start relying on Essure for permanent birth control.


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The Essure insert

Three key features of the Essure insert help make it the most effective* permanent birth control available: the shape, the size and the material from which it’s made.

The Essure insert

Shape: The small, soft Essure inserts are designed to slide easily into each fallopian tube and stay in place.

Size: The Essure inserts stay secure, forming a long protective area. They also remain visible, so your doctor can confirm that they’re properly in place.

Material: The Essure inserts are made from the same trusted, silicone-free material used in heart stents. The material is flexible, so it conforms to the shape of your fallopian tubes.

*Based on five years of clinical data.


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