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Since Joe and I have pretty much determined that this will, in fact, be my last pregnancy, I had the "getting fixed" talk with my OB. I know you have to have the consent forms in your file before you go in to give birth, just in case you have an emergency c-section. Most women figure, if I'm already open, go ahead and do it. I asked her for the forms. No such luck.

Now Kaiser is a pain in the ass about these sorts of things. They make you go to a class. I have been to so many useless classes over the years its not even funny. The only good thing is that they usually end up being a good time to stitch.

Yesterday I went to the Sterlization Class I got loaded up with information that almost any monkey could have pulled up on teh intarwebs. Boring! But at the very end, she brought up something I didn't know about.

A non-surgical method of female sterlization. Its called Essure. This thing is fricking cool. Its a 1.5 inch long micro coil made of nickel and titanium, its placed in the fallopian tubes during an office visit. The only anesthesia needed is a local to the cervix. The coil irritates the tissue of the tubes, which creates scar tissue. The tube actually gives the scar tissue a structure to grow around. Takes about 3 months for the falliopian tubes  to completely close up. The really cool thing? No recovery time. None of that "rest for 24-48 hours, no sex, no heavy lifting" thing that happens with both a vasectomy and a surgical tubal. You go see your Doctor, the entire procedure takes 10 minutes, and boom! You're done. Minor pain, go about your day, go back to work the next day. Oh, and so far, in the 8 years since its been released, 0% failure rate.

I am so going to do this. With 4 kids...who the hell can take a couple of days to recover?



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Jan. 29th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine got this and really loves it. I think she went back for some kind of imaging a few months later to make sure that the scar tissue had closed the tubes all the way.
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I love that thing and I don't even have it (yet). No recovery? No failure? NO SURGERY? SIGN ME UP (at some point).

Why isn't it advertised more? Not so many people into "permanent"?
Jan. 30th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
I think it still qualifies as "new"...they are still working on getting the word about it spread.
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
New like the IUD being invented 100-some years ago? :D Essure had to be out at least 2 years. I am certain I read about it when I was pregnant & looking over bc options. It looks better than WHOOPS! vasectomy babies.
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Been out for 8...Kaiser's been using them for 6. It takes training.
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Oooohhhh this is gonna be like laser eye surgery then. I'm gonna let people get lots of practice, *then* move here & do me. :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Exactly...I am not a beta tester when it comes to my body.
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