The Center offers full obstetric and gynecological care services:
- Prenatal Care and Delivery Services (Women’s Health providers deliver babies at Allegiance Health)
- High Risk or Normal Pregnancies
- Free Pregnancy testing
- Teen exams
- Urinary incontinence solutions
Gynecology and Contraceptives
- Plan First! and Family Planning Services
- Emergency Contraception
- Postpartum Care
- Annual Exams
- Pap and Breast Screening
- Gynecological Services
- Depression Screening
- STD Diagnosis, Counseling and Treatment
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
- Birth-control pills
- Contraceptive foam, film, suppositories
- Contraceptive patches
- Diaphragm or cervical cap
- Emergency contraceptive pills
- Female condoms
- Fertility awareness methods
- Vaginal ring
Long Term Contraceptives:
- Implanon (implant in arm in office)
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Permanent contraceptives
- Tubal ligations performed four different ways, including Essure in the office
Free Pregnancy Testing
- Walk-in, No appointment needed
- Quick and Convient
- Totally Confidential
- Safe and Friendly Atmosphere
- Counseling and Education
- Referrals for Support Services
- Referrals for Family Planning
- Referrals for Ob/Gyn Services
Available Monday through Friday
8am to 11:30am & 1pm to 4:30pm
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP)
- State-funded, No cost to the patient
- Clinical Breast Exam
- Pelvic Exam with Pap Smear
- Patient Counseling and Education
- Referral for Mammogram, if needed
- Available for Ages 40-64 years old
- Must meet some income requirements
Essure Permanent Birth Control
What is Essure?
-by Dr. Sangeeta Sinha
For women who have decided they are finished having children, there is a non-surgical alternative to a tubal ligation for permanent birth control.
Essure is an office procedure that requires no incision, no general anesthesia and no hospital stay. And, it is completely reliable, with a failure rate of 0.05 percent versus a failure rate of 0.55 percent for a tubal ligation.
How does it work?
An hour before the procedure, the patient is given pain and sedation pills to guarantee she will be relaxed and not experience pain. The patient undergoes a traditional pelvic exam, but a local anesthetic is applied to the cervix. Using a pen-like camera, a physician locates the openings of the fallopian tubes and inserts a tiny, nickel-titanium, spring-like coil into each tube. The procedure takes eight to 10 minutes.
Less than 45 minutes after the procedure, the patient can be driven home. She usually will take Motrin for cramping and can resume normal activities the next day.
Over the next several months, tissue grows into the flexible coil, blocking the tube and preventing an egg and sperm from meeting. While the tissue is growing, the patient must use another form of birth control. An X-ray is performed three months after the procedure to confirm the tubes are blocked.
The flexible coil, which is made out of the same material as heart stents, is so small that the woman can have an MRI or go through airport security without any problems.
Essure has been available since 2002 is covered by most health insurance policies, but it is not reversible. After the procedure, women still menstruate.
Who is a candidate for Essure?
Any woman who delivered a baby at least six weeks ago and does not want to ever get pregnant again is a candidate. It also is safer than a laparoscopic tubal ligation for women who have had multiple abdominal surgeries. Women who cannot have general anesthesia because of a medical condition can have the Essure office procedure. It also is recommended for women who are obese or are fearful of hospitals.
The Essure patient is in familiar surroundings, her doctor’s office, where she is more comfortable. And it is a hassle-free, hormone-free and worry-free birth control.
Dr. Sangeeta Sinha is the medical director of Women’s Health at the Center for Family Health, 505 N. Jackson. Dr. Sinha and two of her colleagues, Dr. Chiquita Berg and Dr. Monica Hill, are the only doctors in Jackson who offer Essure.
Call for an appointment, 517-748-5500; after-hours phone number for existing patients, 517-780-3636.