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By and large, women often associate the idea of birth control with weight gain, hormonal-induced changes in your body, pain, and extra costs. Whether temporary or permanent, making the decision to go through a certain procedure wherein childbearing will be halted is quite difficult. At the Advanced Body Sculpting of New England, Dr. Mark X. Lowney offers permanent sterilization with Essure, a painless Fall River birth control procedure that naturally prevents pregnancy.

So what exactly happens during an Essure birth control procedure? We answer your questions below.

How does it work?

The flexible and soft Essure insert will be placed into each of your fallopian tubes by an Essure-certified doctor like Dr. Lowney. Incisions are not necessary and Dr. Lowney will be able to determine accurate placement as the tip of the inserts will remain visible. For the next 3 months or so, your body will work with the inserts’ components to form a natural barrier that will stop the sperm from reaching your eggs.

It is important for you to take another form of birth control during the first quarter after the procedure. A confirmation test to ensure that the inserts have naturally formed a block within your fallopian tubes will be made 3 months later, too.

The Essure confirmation test involves introducing a dye into your uterus and viewing it later through an x-ray to ensure that the tubes have already been blocked.

How safe are the inserts? What are they made of?

The Ensure inserts are actually made of stainless steel alloy, nickel-titanium, and polyester fiber. These combination of materials are the same ones used in heart valve replacement devices, abdominal stents, and blood vessel grafts.

What are its benefits?

The benefits of an Ensure permanent birth control method include:

1. No incision or surgery is required. The procedure itself will only take you less than 5 minutes or so. You can already resume your normal day-to-day activities within hours.
2. You do not have to worry about unwanted bodily changes due to hormonal shifts such as mood swings and weight gain. Essure is a natural method of birth control.
3. Any anesthetic agent isn’t involved. Being anesthesia-free translates to fast recovery on your end.

Dr. Lowney serves residents of Providence and Fall River, Massachusetts as well as nearby cities and towns. Contact him today if you’re looking into Essure as your permanent birth control option.


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