Permanent form of birth control doesn't require surgery, hormones

Essure procedure takes minutes, no incision needed

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Searching for a new permanent form of birth control?

Doctors say there's a new option for women whose families are complete – and it doesn't require surgery or hormones.

It's called Essure.

During a short procedure, doctors insert coils into the fallopian tubes.

"It's the size of a piece of spaghetti and what we do is put these coils inside those little tubes and within three months the tubes are occluded, blocked glued together whatever language you'd like to use," said OB/GYN Dr. Linda Bradley.

There's no incision, everything is done through the cervix, and the procedure can take as little as 10 minutes.

Potential side effects immediately after the procedure include cramping, dizziness or spotting.

It takes about three months for the tubes to close completely. Patients need follow up testing to make sure everything heals properly.

The procedure is covered by most insurance plans.

It is not reversible and should therefore be carefully considered.

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