Sterilization is the process of ending a woman’s ability to bear children. Historically, tubal ligation, which is often referred to as “having your tubes tied,” was the most common form of female sterilization. With modern advances in medical technology, there are a variety of less invasive options available such as uterine ablation and Essure. The doctors at Centennial OBGYN will discuss all of the options available and your specific condition and needs to advise on the best sterilization process for you.
Tubal ligation is a procedure where the fallopian tubes are blocked by severing, burning, or removing parts of the tubes. The procedure is typically performed through a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure although if necessary it can also be performed in a traditional surgery. This option effectively stops eggs from reaching the uterus for fertilization.
Essure® sterilization is a form of permanent birth control that uses a minimally-invasive procedure to implant copper coils inside the fallopian tubes. The coils cause scar tissue to develop in the fallopian tubes, which blocks them and prevents eggs from reaching the uterus for fertilization. The procedure is non-surgical and can be completed in the offices of your doctor at Centennial OBGYN. Essure is a permanent solution, so it is an option for women who have completed their families.
Uterine ablation is a procedure that uses heat energy to destroy the uterine lining, which is also called the endometrium. The heat energy is applied using a variety of methods including lasers, radiofrequency, balloons filled with heated saline, electricity, or microwaves. Uterine ablation is typically performed by inserting the instruments through the vagina and cervix to reach the uterus and is an outpatient procedure. The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes with a local or spinal anesthetic. After an ablation treatment, the lining of the uterus heals by scarring which reduces or stops uterine bleeding and making it impossible for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine wall.
Centennial OBGYN, PA accepts most major insurance. If you have any questions about your eligibility or coverage, please call our office. We are happy to help you!
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