Health Team

New Procedure Makes Birth Control Permanent

Posted December 12, 2007

— Many couples who don't want children, or any more children, used to have limited permanent birth control options. Now, there's a new procedure.

The options used to be a vasectomy for men or a tubal ligation for women. The surgery for women is done laparoscopically, and full recovery takes about two weeks.

More women, however, are turning to a newer procedure that can be easier and offers better results.

Leann Katowitz has three kids with no plans for more. For permanent birth control, she considered tubal ligation.

“Well, I’d met two soccer moms in one season who’d had one that failed, so I really didn’t want that,” Katowitz said.

She also didn't like the idea of surgery, so she came to Dr. Lisa Roberts, a gynecologist, for a non-surgical procedure called Essure.

“This procedure is the only permanent birth control procedure that does not involve an incision,” Roberts said.

Roberts performed the procedure in her office with little or no anesthesia. Roberts works through the vagina with a hysteroscope that has a camera on the tip.

“It involves take a very small, flexible device and inserting it into the openings of the fallopian tubes,” she said.

A coil is inserted, and it expands expands to block the tubes. Over three months, body tissue grows into the coil.

“Patients can usually return to work either later that afternoon or the next day,” Roberts said.

Katowitz said she experienced a little cramping, but otherwise had no problems.

“It was quick. I think I was home an hour later, maybe less,” she said.

The procedure is not reversible, and studies have shown women 30 years old and younger tend to regret decisions for permanent birth control.


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  • gratefultoGOD Dec 14, 2007

    I am a CHRISTIAN ( Proud of it!) Registered Dem.. but have voted REp the alst 10 years... I AGREE that any kid... 10-17 no job.. looking for a goverment check.. should have this done if they bring a child into the world for a check. "After one.. this is done!"

  • stinkalink Dec 14, 2007

    I am 40 yrs old and had this procedure done by Dr. Roberts about 5 yrs ago. I have not any complications or discomfort. I whole heartedly suggest this procedure for anyone (husband/ wife)who no longer desire to have children or get surprised by an unwanted pregnancy.

  • wcnc Dec 14, 2007

    "Recommending mandatory sterilization for welfare recipients"

    Well, you can't recommend something that is mandatory!! I'd say make it a choice, but if you choose to not get some kind of birth control while on welfare, your check will not go up ONE PENNY if you have more children!!!

    People will say that hurts the children, but let me ask you. When you had another child, did your employer automatically give you a raise??? NO, you made the money you have work or you got a better paying job. SO, let's treat those on welfare the same and not increase benefits with more children

  • 2MuchPork4Just1Fork Dec 14, 2007

    Recommending mandatory sterilization for welfare recipients, illegals, and other "undesireables" sounds like a familiar party line...whose was it...oh yeah, it was the Nazis.

  • newlife805 Dec 14, 2007

    Will this cause problems later? Wonder if stidies have been done to see if it can cause cancer or endometriosis. I had the tubal and have not had any problems. I would be a little leary about this new procedure without more longterm research given the pharmaceutical companies' recent track records.

  • houndie Dec 13, 2007

    I know a few gals who could use that!

  • Slip Kid Dec 13, 2007

    You can't be against abortion AND against birth control... that's just... stupid, or something...

  • Slip Kid Dec 13, 2007

    This should be a requirement for those that 'qualify' for long term welfare.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Dec 13, 2007

    "Unfortunately, the Republican polticians are afraid of offending the Christian conservatives who are against birth control, while the Democrats want votes from all the crack baby proliferating welfare recipients"
    "I'd better hurry and get this done before the Republicans find a way to outlaw it."

    HUH??? I just don't get people sometimes...

    I think my wife would have preferred this to the tubal ligation that she had done right after our third child was born. I offered to get the old boys snipped but she said she wanted to be sure it happened soon! and went ahead and had it done while still in the hospital. But, I did offer! ;-)

  • ifonly Dec 13, 2007

    Not all Catholics are against birth control.