Essure In-Office Procedure for Permanent Sterilization

What is Essure?

Essure is a safe, effective in-office procedure for permanent sterilization. During the procedure, a small camera called a hysteroscope will be inserted into the uterus to visualize the fallopian tube openings called ostia. A thin introducer will place a small coil within the fallopian tube during a quick ten minute procedure in the office. There is minimal cramping when the coil is placed. There are small fibers within the coil that will induce scar tissue to form causing blockage of the fallopian tubes.

How long has Essure been available and how long has Dr. Martinez been doing Essure?

Essure has been available for over 15 years. Dr. Martinez started performing Essure in 2007 and now does several procedures weekly. Dr. Martinez’ patients are extremely happy with Essure and their experience with the procedure.

What kind of follow up do I need to do for Essure?

Since it takes about 3 months for the body to form the scar tissue that will block the fallopian tube, you would need to use a back-up method of contraception for three months until you have an x-ray called a hysterosalpingogram or HSG. During the HSG, dye is injected into the uterus and an x-ray is taken to confirm that no fluid goes past the Essure implants to confirm that the tube is blocked. After the HSG confirms tubal occlusion, you will not need additional contraception.

How much time do I have to take off for Essure?

We perform the procedure in our office most mornings. You would need someone to drive you to and from the appointment due to the pain medications you are given. We usually have you arrive at about 8AM and you can resume all normal activity including work and exercise later that day.

How much discomfort is associated with the Essure procedure?

There is minimal cramping during the procedure. We do premedicate you with oral pain medication about 30 minutes prior to the procedure. Ten minutes prior to the procedure we perform a local anesthetic block around the cervix. The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes and postoperative discomfort is minimal.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Essure?

You must be 100% certain that you don’t want more children as Essure is irreversible. You can find out more at the Essure website or download a patient information book (in English and Spanish.) Please call our office today to schedule your Essure consultation at 505-988-4922.


“The (Essure) procedure was not uncomfortable at all. Everyone made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I would most definitely recommend Dr. Martinez and this procedure to friends and family.” – Joann.