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Permanent Birth Control for Women Without Incisions

Is there a birth-control procedure done in a doctor’s office without cutting?

"Yes," says Jennifer Breazeale, M.D., a board-certified specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Here in our OB/GYN clinic at The Woodlands, we are doing the Essure procedure - a minimally invasive, permanent birth-control option for women.

"It doesn't involve incisions, hormonal replacement or general anesthesia," says Dr. Breazeale. "Because it's done in my office, it's enormously convenient and cost-effective for the patient and just as effective as the traditional tubal ligation."

The method is safe, effective and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Most insurance plans cover the procedure with only a co-payment as out-of-pocket expense.

"There's very little discomfort involved," she says. "Some patients describe a mild cramping sensation during the procedure that's similar to a Pap test."

After administering a mild localized anesthetic, Dr. Breazeale uses a small camera to assist her in passing small, flexible inserts through the patient's cervix and into their fallopian tubes. The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes. Most women resume their normal activities the following day.

Three months after the procedure, Dr. Breazeale will confirm that the tubes are fully blocked. Menstrual periods should more or less continue in their natural state.

"It's important for patients and their partners to know that the Essure procedure is not reversible. I counsel women well in advance to be sure they understand this," concludes Dr. Breazeale, who also cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold's Kingwood location.​​​