Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

When to Have EssureⓇ Removed

When to Have EssureⓇ Removed

When you cast about for a long-term birth control solution, you settled on Essure®, which permanently blocked your fallopian tubes without a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, some women developed complications due to these devices, which prompted the manufacturer to discontinue the product in December 2018.

If you’re wondering what your next steps are and whether you should opt for Essure removal, Dr. Fernando Otero and our team at Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley have outlined circumstances when this step may be appropriate.

The side effects of Essure

There are varied adverse side effects due to Essure, which the FDA tracked diligently. From 2000 to 2021, the organization reports the following side effects and the number of women who experienced them:

Another problem with Essure were reported pregnancies, which totaled 4,509 between 2002 and 2021. Sadly, some of these were ectopic pregnancies.

While these numbers may seem alarming, it’s important to point out that a majority of women who received Essure did not experience any adverse side effects.

Should you consider Essure removal?

If you’re considering Essure removal, we first want to point out that, unlike the initial insertion procedure, this involves surgery. And a very tricky surgery, at that.

If you’re experiencing quality-of-life symptoms related to your Essure devices, and you want them removed, it’s terribly important that you find a provider who has extensive experience with the Essure removal procedure. 

Our own Dr. Otero is such a provider, and he understands the intricacies of the procedure. Done incorrectly, an Essure removal can leave you with a new set of adverse side effects, as the coils can break.

To avoid this and successfully remove your Essure devices, Dr. Otero fully evaluates the condition and location of the devices beforehand and then chooses one of several removal options, including:

As you can see, the decision to have your Essure removed is one you shouldn’t take lightly, but it’s also one that may help you find much-needed relief if you’re having problems.

A good way to determine your best course of action is to sit down with Dr. Otero for a consultation. To get started, contact one of our offices in McAllen or Edinburg, Texas, to set up an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

8 Possible Causes of Recurring Pelvic Pain

8 Possible Causes of Recurring Pelvic Pain

You’re experiencing pain in your pelvis, and it’s outside the normal menstrual cramps that come every month with your period. Here, we look at some of the more common drivers of pelvic pain and how we can help. 
Why Regular Pap Tests Are So Important

Why Regular Pap Tests Are So Important

When you have an opportunity to get the jump on something as potentially dangerous as cancer, it’s an opportunity you should seize. And that’s exactly what regular Pap tests are designed to do.
4 Tips for Preventing Pelvic Organ Prolapse

4 Tips for Preventing Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Around the globe, about 40% of women will experience pelvic organ prolapse. While it might seem like your odds are high, there are effective steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing this condition.
When to Worry About Vaginal Discharge

When to Worry About Vaginal Discharge

Women are used to different substances exiting their vaginas, which can make it tricky to figure out whether something is amiss. Here are a few situations in which seeking our help for vaginal discharge is a good idea.

What Is Cervical Incompetence?

As the entry point to your uterus, your cervix plays the role of gatekeeper, especially during pregnancy. But if this gate weakens, which is called cervical incompetence, complications can develop.