Permanent birth control with no surgery, minimum recovery time
Posted at: 08/15/2012 2:47 PM
| Updated at: 08/15/2012 7:21 PM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For many women who've already completed their families, permanent birth control is an alluring option.
But, surgery is often something they don't want to have to do.
Now there's a procedure that can you have back at work the same day it's done.
It's called Essure and it's more than 99.8% effective.
Aaryn Pino is a full-time mom to five kids and a full-time nursing student. She says birth control is the last thing she wants to have to think about every day.
"There's just so many things that you have to think about, sometimes, it's like, uh, ok, I missed a pill," said Pino. She says she's tried lots of options; most recently an IUD; but she says she wanted something permanent.
"First of all, I'm set with family. I'm happy with the amount of kids I do have."
So she opted for Essure.
Unlike tubal ligation, there's minimal recovery time.
"I didn't want to have to go through any type of surgery. You know, especially when you have work and school and a family to tend to."
Dr. Amy Garcia with the Center for Women's Surgery was the first physician in New Mexico to offer Essure. She says it's the most effective form of permanent contraception for women.
"It's the least risky, so no general anesthesia, no incisions, no instruments into the abdomen," said Dr. Garcia.
She described how it works: "I use a tiny camera to place the coil inside the woman's Fallopian tube. There's a fiber within that coil that works with the body to form a natural barrier."
No hormones, no surgery.
For Pino, that's peace of mind.
Dr. Garcia says it takes about three months for the whole process to block the Fallopian tube. There's a confirmation x-ray test at the end of the three-month mark just to make sure everything is working the way it should.
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