Birth Control – Permanent

When You Don't Want a Future Pregnancy:

Choices in Permanent Birth Control

When you are sure you do not want to become pregnant in the future, there are options for achieving permanent freedom from the possibility of pregnancy. Many insurance companies provide coverage for this kind of treatment.

Dr. Morrison is trained and certified to provide a number of procedures including the non-surgical Essure® procedure and tubal ligation. Talk with him about these procedures and the benefits and risks of each.


During the Essure® procedure, a spring-like device is inserted through the uterine cavity into the openings of the fallopian tubes using a hysteroscope. This spring-like device expands to fill the tubal openings, and over time scar tissue forms around the device, creating a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg.

Dr. Morrison is trained and certified to perform the Essure procedure during an office visit. Essure is 99.8 percent effective and is the only birth control method resulting in zero pregnancies during a four-year clinical trial.

Because of the scar tissue that forms in the fallopian tubes, the Essure® device cannot be pulled out of the tubes. It is considered a permanent method of birth control and in this respect is similar to other tubal ligation methods.

Is Essure® covered by insurance?

The Essure® procedure is covered by most insurance providers. If the procedure is performed in a doctor's office, some insurance providers require only a co-pay. Talk to your insurance provider about coverage for Essure® permanent birth control.

Tubal Ligation

This procedure – also known as tying the tubes or surgical sterilization – permanently blocks the fallopian tubes, thereby preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg. Whenever possible, Dr. Morrison conducts tubal ligations using a minimally invasive procedure. However, a more traditional surgical procedure may be needed to conduct tubal ligation.