1 June 2001
A new method of contraception is now available for those women seeking permanent contraception without the need for a general anaesthetic and major surgery.
The method is called the Essure pbc (permanent birth control) system and comprises an inner wire surrounded by a larger coil or wire with a layer of synthetic fibre between.
The device is loaded into a standard hysteroscopy tube and the majority of insertions can be safely and comfortably performed under local anaesthesia.
The inserter device flattens the coiled spring so that the device can be inserted through the cervix and uterine cavity and into the entrance of the fallopian tubes. About 5-10 mm of the device remains within the uterine cavity but as the inserted device is withdrawn the coiled spring uncoils and lodges firmly in the tube. This is then repeated on the other side.
The presence of the synthetic fibre encourages the growth of fibroblasts (a cell found in connective tissue, which can form collagen fibres) into the device so that in time the sections of the fallopian tubes where the device lies are completely and irreversibly blocked.
The advantages of this form of permanent contraception are the fact that it leaves no scars, and that it can be performed under local anaesthetic with less post-operative side effects than could be expected from conventional tubal ligation procedures, that is, from having your tubes tied.
According to FPA Health, the Essure pbc system represents a new and exciting option for women requesting permanent sterilisation.
If you would like further information please contact the FPA Healthline on 1300 658 886 during business hours.
Last Reviewed: 17 September 2001