Birth Control Plug — Safe, Easy, Permanent
Women who no longer want to have children have a minimally invasive, permanent birth control option that can be performed in the privacy and convenience of a doctor’s office, said a gynecologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
"This procedure is very exciting," said Dr. Robert Zurawin, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM. "Using several small devices, we have a faster, safer method of permanent birth control and are meeting the growing needs of women who are seeking solutions to ‘quality of life’ issues like permanent birth control."Coils plug Fallopian tubes
In the doctor’s office, the gynecologist first uses a small telescope inserted through the woman’s cervix to view the inside of the uterus. The doctor then puts small, spring-like coils, called micro-inserts, into the opening of the Fallopian tubes.
When the micro-inserts are in place, they expand to fit the contour of the Fallopian tubes, disrupting the fertilization process.
"The procedure takes less than 10 minutes, from start to finish," said Zurawin. "Sterilization is not immediate, but after three months, body tissue grows into the inserts, completely plugging the Fallopian tubes. The sperm and egg can no longer meet. That means that the woman can no longer conceive a child."Safer option
Compared with traditional, surgical approaches to sterilization, this procedure presents less danger and fewer complications because it is performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The procedure requires no hospitalization, no general anesthesia, and no incisions.
Doctors test the woman after three months to make sure the procedure worked.
"Dye is administered through the cervix to mimic the fertilization process," said Zurawin. "If the dye cannot get through the fallopian tubes, then we know the procedure is successful."
"The most important benefit is the rapid recovery period," said Zurawin. "Patients walk in and out of my office within hours, allowing them to get back to their day-to-day routine almost immediately, much like going to the dentist."
Dr. Robert Zurawin - Houston, Texas (713) 798-6246
March 10, 2008 - posted at www.lonestaricon.com