After the Adiana Procedure - FAQs
Do I need to have any special tests before the Adiana procedure?
It is important to know for certain that you are not pregnant at the time of the procedure, so your doctor will give you a pregnancy test. This is also why the procedure must be scheduled during the first half of your menstrual cycle, to reduce the chances of you having an undiagnosed pregnancy at the time.
Why do I need to have an Adiana HSG Confirmation Test afterwards? What happens if I don't?
The Adiana HSG confirmation test is performed 3 months after the procedure to make sure that your fallopian tubes are completely blocked. There is a small chance that your tubes may not be completely blocked after the 3 months, and this test is the only way to find out for sure. If you don't have the test and it turned out that your tubes were not completely blocked, you could become pregnant.
Women who do become pregnant following the Adiana procedure (or any other permanent birth control procedure, including tubal ligation) are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy. This is a pregnancy outside the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancy can be a dangerous and even life-threatening condition. After the procedure, if your period is ever more than 5 days late, or if you suspect for any reason that you might be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.
Will I need to use any other birth control after 3 months?
After your Adiana HSG Confirmation Test confirms that your tubes are completely blocked, you will not need to use any other form of birth control. Adiana Permanent Contraception is among the most effective forms of permanent contraception, with a 98.4% effectiveness rate for preventing pregnancy, based on 3 years of clinical data. This is comparable to tubal ligation (having your tubes tied).
What remains in my body after the Adiana procedure?
The only foreign material remaining after the procedure are 2 tiny, soft inserts. They are made of medical-grade silicone-a material used safely for many years in devices inside the body. Since the Adiana inserts don't contain metal, they won't present a problem for women who may be allergic to some metals. And since no part of the insert protrudes into the uterus, it is less likely to limit your options if gynecologic tests or procedures are needed in the future.
Will my periods stay the same afterwards?
Since the Adiana inserts do not contain any hormones, they don't affect your natural body chemistry, and your periods should return to the way they were before the procedure.
If heavy periods are a problem for you, staying on birth control pills or hormones is not the only option you have to try to control your bleeding. There is a safe and effective procedure you may want to discuss with your doctor called endometrial ablation. This is a treatment for the lining of the uterus that stops heavy bleeding (or may even stop your periods altogether), without hormones.
If you choose the Adiana procedure for permanent contraception, you may also be able to have a procedure such as NovaSure Endometrial Ablation at a later date to control your bleeding.
Will having the Adiana procedure cause early menopause?
No. After the Adiana procedure, your ovaries will still release eggs, and you will continue to have your period as usual. Your unfertilized eggs will break down and be absorbed by your body. You will, of course, go through menopause eventually-but not until it's your natural time to do so.