I very much agree with the sentiments of this blog post! While I’ve decided to use at least a few rounds of Mirena, because I really enjoy the lack of periods, I have put serious thought into Essure/Tubal Ligation.
When I first broached the subject of permanent, non-hormonal birth control with my gynecologist, I wasn’t even considering a tubal ligation. (Who elects for her first surgery to be a completely volunteer procedure for a non-life-threatening ailment?) I had originally been trying to decide between the copper IUD and Essure. IUDs (intrauterine devices) are not permanent, but they do last a while. Essure (spring devices that are implanted in your fallopian tubes to cause scarring) is a fairly new procedure that, like an IUD, can be performed in your gyno’s office, but, unlike the IUD, is permanent. I was leaning toward Essure because it was permanent and would only cost an office copay. Until this happened:
“If I were you, I would just get my tubes tied.”
Floored, I asked why.
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