Thursday, August 20, 2009
Medical Reports: Preventing Pregnancy
For many financially stressed families, another baby means added expenses, so some women are turning to permanent birth control. Now, there's a new option that can be done right in the doctor's office without major surgery. Seven's Diana Diaz has more on this new way of Preventing Pregnancy.
WSVN -- It's a joyous sound to many bringing a baby into the world, but for Katrina Monroe another baby would mean a lot of expenses.
Katrina Monroe: "It's all about the baby, pampers, formula, clothing, you can never get enough."
With 9-year-old Tamarah and 17-year-old Quameishia, who is going into her senior year of high school, Katrina has her hands full.
Katrina Monroe: "In addition to uniforms, there's the class ring, we're about to do class pictures."
She didn't want more children and was tired of trying to remember to take her birth control pills.
Katrina Monroe: "The methods out there are not 100 percent reliable. There's always the oops factor. As soon as you miss a pill the effectiveness goes down drastically."
Obgyn Dr. Jonathan Bratter says many of his patients are worried about the cost of having more children.
Dr. Jonathan Bratter: "Many people are concerned now about the financial ramification of having another child, especially an unintended child."
But when it comes to permanent birth control a woman's only choice. Up until now, has been tubal ligation, a major surgery with several days of recovery.
Katrina Monroe: "I'm thinking I don't want the surgery, but what else can I do?"
But now women have a new option.
Dr. Jonathan Bratter: "There is no cutting, no burning, no hormones involved. It's a very simple procedure."
The procedure is called Essure. The company gave us this video to show you how it works. A tiny coil is inserted through the cervix into each fallopian tube. Those coils block sperm from reaching the eggs. It can be done right in the doctor's office, and most patients go back to work the same day.
Dr. Jonathan Bratter: "It is non-reversible, so women have to be entirely certain that their family is complete."
Katrina researched her options for six months and decided Essure was right for her.
Dr. Jonathan Bratter: "Because there was no surgery, no downtime, there was no after effects."
Now, she looks forward to spending time with her two daughters and not worrying about the oops factor anymore
Katrina Monroe: "No worrying about the birth control pills at night, just total freedom."
Diana Diaz: "Now patients do have to use birth control the first three months. Then an xray will confirm the procedure worked. Essure is covered by most insurance companies..
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Women's Health of South Broward
Dr. Jonathan Bratter
1951 SW 172nd Avenue, Suite 203
Miramar, FL 33029
Tel: (954) 538-1011