Essure is a permanent birth control method for women (female sterilization). A health care provider inserts soft, flexible coils into the fallopian tubes – the tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Over a period of about three months, tissue forms around the inserts. The build-up of tissue creates a barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs, thus preventing conception. Essure is considered a permanent form of birth control and therefore is not intended to be removed.
CDRH FOIA Electronic Reading Room
- FDA Office of Women’s Health: Women’s Health Topics
- Birth Control: Medical Devices
- Benefits and risks of sterilization. Practice Bulletin No. 133. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2013; 121:392–404
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Hysteroscopic Sterilization: Frequently Asked Questions
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