Women's Health Services
Permanent Birth Control – Hysteroscopic Sterilization
(in office and outpatient surgery center)
Hysteroscopic sterilization is different from the traditional method of surgery called tubal ligation. This minimally invasive procedure for permanent birth control does not require any cutting into the body. Instead, your doctor inserts a thin scope through your body’s natural pathway of the vagina and into the uterus, where the openings to the fallopian tubes can be seen. Micro-inserts are placed into your fallopian tubes blocking them. The procedure generally takes about 10 minutes. Since most women only report mild cramps, you have the choice of having the procedure performed without general anaesthesia. In fact, many women choose to have their Hysteroscopic Sterilization performed in the convenience of our office. Most women only experience mild cramps afterwards and return to their regular activities the following day.
During the first 3 months following Hysteroscopic Sterilization, your body and the micro-inserts work together to form a tissue barrier that permanently prevents sperm from reaching the egg. During this time, you will need to use another form of birth control. Then you will have a special type of x-ray test to confirm that your tubes are completely blocked and you can rely solely on The Essure Procedure or Adiana® for birth control.
Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, and some forms of IUDs there are no hormones to interfere with your natural menstrual cycle. Your periods should more or less continue in their natural state.
Learn more by downloading these brochures (PDF).