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What are non-surgical options for female sterilization?

Today, there are new "no incision" sterilization options that can be performed in a doctor's office with local anesthesia and essentially no recovery.

Essure and Adiana are both techniques in which a slender scope is placed through the cervix enabling the gynecologist to place tiny coils inside the tubes as they enter the uterus. The coil doesn't block the sperm; instead it stimulates scar tissue to grow around the coils, which eventually occlude the tube. An x-ray is performed a few months after the procedure to ensure the tubes are completely closed.

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