Vivian Manning-Schaffel: Have you heard of Essure? Neither had I. But as a mom who's done birthin' babies, I found former "Bachelorette" Trista Sutter's personal experience with Essure to be especially enlightening.
After the recent birth of their second child, Blakesley Grace, Trista and Ryan Sutter had to ask themselves if they were finished having kids. "Max was fine, but Blakesley was the icing on the cake. Now our family is set. I had really bad pregnancies (she suffered complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes), and after talking about it extensively, we decided to look into more permanent methods of birth control," Sutter tells me.
Essure, approved by the FDA six years ago, is a relatively easy, outpatient, permanent birth control procedure in which small, flexible micro-inserts are placed into a woman's fallopian tubes through the cervix without incisions. Within three months, the body and the micro-inserts form a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg. After three months, a doctor performs a test to confirm that the micro-inserts are properly placed, and that the fallopian tubes are fully blocked. During the three-month period while the natural barrier forms, you've got to use back-up birth control. If all goes well with the test, you're free to get your frisk on.
Sutter says she went with Essure because it seemed the easiest and least time-consuming option. "As opposed to other procedures where you have to go under the knife, I was drawn to the fact that you can have it done in a doctor's office, and there's almost no down time."
What? Less down time? Keep talking. For any mom, no down time is HUGE.
"It IS huge!" Sutter agrees. "I don't want to have to worry anymore, and I don't want to have to take birth control for the rest of my life. I just want to be worry-free. I did it July 28th, and can't wait to have my test in October. And my insurance covered it," she adds.
Covered by insurance? Hot damn! But is it effective?
"The Essure procedure is 99.8 percent effective, based on four years of follow-up, and has been FDA approved and in use since 2002," explains OB/GYN Dr. Cindy M. Basinski, of Evansville Obstetrics and Gynecology. "The Essure procedure is an extremely simple procedure that I perform in my office in about 10 minutes, and most patients return to normal activities very quickly."
This sounds too good to be true. Tell me true, Trista. Did it hurt?
"Just like menstrual cramps," dishes Sutter. "But it's so worth it. I just wanted to focus my attention on the two kids I'm blessed to have and this way, I don't have to worry if I miss a pill. I mean, hello mommy brain! I really care about women's health and wanted to get the word out. I feel like the more women that know about it, they'll make this option their choice because it's so easy compared to the others."
Can you hear that? Why, it's the sound of baby daddies across our fair nation heaving a collective sigh of relief.
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|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|