There are many available methods of birth control
, with most involving at least some degree of inconvenience. For a simple, life-long solution, you may be considering permanent sterilization. This is a serious decision, because the procedure is not considered reversible. Surgeries to restore fertility are unpredictable, and may increase the risk of pregnancy complications. However, if you are certain that you will never want to become pregnant, this is a great option.
The traditional method of permanent sterilization is tubal ligation. This is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. The recovery time of several days may include pain, bloating, bruising, and cramps. The success rate is between 98 and 99 percent; though there is no way that your doctor can confirm the procedure was successful. Dr. Taryll Jenkins believes in using the least invasive, most comfortable
, lowest risk procedure possible in any situation. Rather than surgical tubal ligation, he prefers the safe and comfortable Essure permanent sterilization.
Essure is minimally invasive
, and does not require anesthesia. The procedure is simple, completed in our office, in just a few minutes. Essure are flexible, soft inserts placed in the fallopian tubes. The tips of the inserts remain visible to the doctor, so he can confirm that they are placed correctly. The success rate, of well over 99 percent, is higher than that of tubal ligation.
The appointment will only take a couple of hours or less. You will be able to return to your normal activates the same day. You may experience mild cramping or discomfort, which should fade quickly. Over the next few months, your body will form tissues around the inserts, effectively blocking the fallopian tubes and preventing sperm from reaching the eggs. You will need to continue birth control until this process is complete – then you will never have to worry about it again!
Dr. Jenkins will begin with a consultation, explaining the benefits of, and alternatives to, this procedure. If you believe there is a chance you might change your mind, he can offer convenient, reversible options. An intrauterine device
can provide long-term, reliable birth control, which can be easily reversed at any time.
No matter what stage of family planning
you are at – from your first pregnancy to sterilization – you can count on quality care and compassion
at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX. Call us today at 855-346-8610.
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