Northwestern Women's Health Associates Is Essure-Certified In The Essure Procedure

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Northwestern Women's Health Associates is providing the Essure procedure to clients who are interested in permanent birth control solutions. Few know what Essure is but it is rising in popularity as a surgery-free form of permanent birth control.

Women who are the best fit for the Essure procedure are confident that they do not want to have any more children but do not want a surgery to disrupt their busy lives. - Dr. Stanley Friedell

The practitioners at Northwestern Women's Health Associates in Chicago are now Essure-certified. What is Essure? The Essure procedure is a solution to a woman's long term birth control needs. Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that can be performed in less than 20 minutes. It involves a minor procedure, and no hormones and no anesthesia.

The decision was made to become Essure-certified at Northwestern Women's Health Associates because the method has proven itself to be the most reliable option in permanent birth control and it has virtually no recovery time to consider. Patients can come in and receive the Essure procedure and leave the office approximately 90 minutes later and return to their daily routines the following day."

The procedure is done by placing an insert inside both Fallopian tubes. This is done vaginally so there are no incisions required. Over the next three months the inserts will create a natural barrier in the Fallopian tube preventing sperm from reaching the eggs. Eggs will still be released however they will now be naturally absorbed back into the woman's body. Once the inserts are in place the woman can leave the office and return in three months at which time an X Ray is performed to confirm that it was a successful procedure and the woman can consider herself protected from pregnancy going forward. Until the three months has passed another form of birth control needs to be used to prevent pregnancy.

Essure was introduced in 2002 and has been chosen by over a half million women. The inserts are made from the same silicone-free material that is used in heart stents.

Essure differs from both tubal ligation and a vasectomy mainly because the recovery time is so minimal. Women who undergo tubal ligation can anticipate a 4-6 day recovery. This can be a challenge if they have small children or need to take time off work to recover from the procedure. With a vasectomy a man can expect to spend 2-3 days recovering. Both tubal ligation and vasectomy procedures involve surgery. One similarity between each option is that they cannot be reversed. People who opt for one of these solutions should be very confident that they do not want to have anymore children.

Northwestern Women's Health Associates decided to become Essure-certified after so many women began asking, what is Essure? The skilled and experienced providers have found it to be a safe and effective form of permanent birth control that has very little impact on the patient's way of life.

Northwester Women's Health Associates provides obstetrics and gynecology services to patients living in the Chicago area. They provide care in downtown Chicago right on Lake Shore Drive where you can have the procedure done. Their certified staff is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women's Hospital.

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