When making a decision about whether to get permanent birth control, it is important to know all of your options, including whether to remain on hormonal and barrier methods of birth control. Birth control pills, patches, and condoms are examples of this category. Unlike these methods of birth control, Essure does not contain hormones, does not involve a routine, and is intended for women who are done having children. The chart below compares Essure to these methods of birth control.
Data adapted from Trussell J. Contraceptive efficacy. In Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates W, Stewart FH, Kowal D. Contraceptive Technology: Nineteenth Revised Edition. New York NY: Ardent Media, 2007.
Please note: Not all temporary methods of birth control can be used during the 3-month waiting time following the Essure procedure. Please talk to your physician about what form of temporary birth control you should use during this time.