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What is hysteroscopic sterilization for permanent birth control?

Hysteroscopic sterilization is a new technique that requires no incisions.

Hysteroscopic sterilization is a procedure for women who desire permanent sterilization but do not want to undergo an abdominal operation. The Essure Micro-Insert System is the first FDA-approved hysteroscopic approach to tubal sterilization, requires no incision or general anesthesia and can be performed in approximately 30 minutes in an outpatient setting.

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Sterilization (called tubal ligation in women and vasectomy in men) is major surgery that is not always reversible. It is a preferred method of birth control for couples who are absolutely certain they do not want to have children or do not want more children. As with any surgery, it has a risk of complications, including bleeding, infection, damage to other organs in women, and swelling and tenderness around the testicles in men.

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