Non-surgical permanent birth control, is it right for you?

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Amarillo, Texas - It's being called the leading non-surgical permanent form of birth control, and it's becoming more widely available to women in our area.

This method works with the female body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. It can be done at a doctor's office, in just 10 minutes.

It's surgery free and hormone free, and now it's making its way to the Texas panhandle.

OB/GYN Dr. Brian Eades says, "The recovery is very quick. You can come and have the procedure done one day and be back to your regular activities the next day. There are no incisions. No nausea from anesthesia."

It's called Essure, and it's a permanent form of birth control gaining popularity across the country.

It's becoming more commonly used because long term data shows it is safe and effective.

Dr. Eades explains how it works, "This goes in vaginally through the cervix and the uterus and actually puts plugs in your tubes. Over time, the tubes scar down over those plugs."

Those inserts placed in the fallopian tubes are made from the same silicone-free materials used in heart stints.

While this method is proven to be safe, there is a small risk of  complications.

Eades says, "There is a small chance of bowel damage or bladder damage, or excessive blood loss requiring a transfusion. The only draw back to this procedure is that after it's done, just like with a vasectomy, you have to go back 3 to 6 months later and have an X-ray test done to make sure your tubes are definitely closed, before you give up your previous form of birth control."

Like all other forms of birth control, there is a chance you can still become pregnant.

However, Essure is considered the most effective form of permanent birth control, with the highest efficacy rate of 99.8%.

It's important to remember Essure is only for those who are sure they do not want to become pregnant in the future, because this procedure is not reversible.