Monster, like Tavalla and DeadlyAccurate I am planning to get this done too. I wish I had already had this done, so I could answer your questions… I’m pretty much consumed with no other thought at the moment.
I have an initial consult on May 5th, and hopefully will have it done shortly after. (fingers crossed)
If you still haven’t had it done by the time I have, don’t worry I will most definitely be shouting from the rooftops and starting my own celebratory thread, after the hangover has passed
Stoid, there are many pros and cons to this procedure. For some people this is a better choice than the traditional ligation technique, though not for all. It just depends on the person.
While the pros are different for everyone, the major ones for me are as follows :
- less invasive,
- no abdominal surgery,
- no anaesthesia worries,
Possible cons include having a reaction to the titanium-nickel insert, (I have just been tested for nickel intolerance and have been given the all-clear) having an objection to a foreign body (not an issue for me), still a new procedure, etc.
One of the main selling points for me was the method. The body actually generates the scar tissue that causes the tube blockage. Regeneration of tubal tissue is a possibility when getting a tubal ligation done, and is especially more common in women under 35 years old, giving a tubal ligation an effectiveness as low as the BC pill according to some studies for this age group. A tubal occlusion (the Essure procedure) is not subject to this, as regeneration doesn’t seem to be an issue (in theory).
No one should be getting a sterilisation IMO if they are concerned about reversibility issues, but yes, this method appears to be completely irreversible. That’s another pro for me, though maybe not for others. Again, depends on the person.
Anyone interested in this procedure should be aware that an endometrial ablation (where they burn the lining of the uterus to inhibit menstruation) is currently unable to be performed on someone who has had the Essure procedure done, and won’t be for the forseeable future, either.