Okay so the other day (actually just yesterday), I was watching The Doctors. For those who might not know what it is about, basically it is four doctors who explore new stuff in the medical community and share it to the rest of the United States. Sometimes they get kind of outrageous in my opinion but this episode shared a form a birth control that I was unaware of. It is permanent and no cutting, not to invasive, no hormones, and no general anesthesia. At first I was like BS. B-friggen-S! But then they showed the animation and my mind was blown.
This is called Adiana. I have just been researching and looking up stuff about it and it looks super simple for permanent birth control for a woman. I say “new” because I have not heard of it yet and I guess it has been around for some years. I believe the official FDA approval was July 6th, 2009 but if someone can find other info on that, awesome!
The Adiana procedure uses two smaller-than-a-grain-of-rice-basically white inserts to be put into the fallopian tubes. Then over time (they say about three months) the fallopian tubes will create natural scar tissue over the inserts to block off the ovaries therefor blocking the chance for an egg and sperm to meet. This procedure is fairly simple and it does not have as long a recovery time as tubal ligation.
Here is the complete procedure:Step 1: A slender, flexible instrument (delivery catheter) is passed through the body’s natural openings (i.e., through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus) to deliver a low level of radiofrequency energy (i.e., energy that generates heat to create a superficial lesion) to a small section of each fallopian tube.
Step 2: A tiny, soft insert - about the size of a grain of rice - is placed in each of your fallopian tubes, right where the energy was applied.
Step 3: You must use another form of birth control over the next 3 months, while new tissue grows in and around the Adiana inserts, eventually blocking your fallopian tubes.
Step 4: At 3 months, a special test is performed (hysterosalpingogram or HSG) to confirm that your tubes are fully blocked. This test will ensure that the procedure has been successful.
So I thought some people might be interested in learning a bit about alternatives to tubal ligation for persons with vaginas permanent birth control.
Another brand of this is Essure. I talked a little bit about both in my post about sterilization. It is technically a form of tubal ligation but it is a lot easier, practically no recovery time, and just as effective. It also does not effect periods.