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A Less Invasive Sterilization Option for Women
How Does Essure Work?
How Long Does It Take to Work?
Is It Effective?
- Pain or cramping
- Blockage of the fallopian tube on only one side
- Damage to the uterus or fallopian tube during the procedure
- Vaginal bleeding
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Nausea or vomiting
Is This the Right Procedure for You?
- Want to become pregnant—Essure is permanent. You will not be able to have a baby.
- Have been pregnant during the past six weeks
- Have an active or recent pelvic infection
- Are allergic to nickel (used in the insert) or contrast dye (used in imaging tests)
- Have a condition that affects your uterus or fallopian tubes
Planned Parenthood http://www.plannedparenthood.org
US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
The Canadian Women's Health Network http://www.cwhn.ca
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Duffy S, Marsh F, Rogerson L, Hudson H, Cooper K, Jack S, et al. Female sterilisation: a cohort controlled comparative study of ESSURE versus laparoscopic sterilisation. BJOG. 2005;112:1522-1528.
Essure System—P020014. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DeviceApprovalsandClearances/Recently-ApprovedDevices/ucm083087.htm. Updated September 5, 2013. Accessed July 29, 2014.
Female Sterilization (Essure). Planned Parenthood website. Available at: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/stlouis/female-sterilization-38378.htm. Accessed July 29, 2014.
Sterilization for women and men. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq011.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120818T2151049198. Published August 2011. Accessed July 29, 2014.
When your family is complete, choose Essure. Essure.com website. Available at: http://www.essure.com/documents/whatisessure/pib.pdf. Published 2009. Accessed July 29, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2014
- Update Date: 07/30/2014