Health care provider labeling states that Essure is to be used only by physicians who are knowledgeable hysteroscopists; have read and understood the Instructions for Use and Physician Training manual; and have successfully completed the Essure training program, including preceptoring in placement until competency is established, typically 5 cases.
- Essure is contraindicated in patients who:
- are uncertain about their desire to end fertility
- would be able to have only one micro-insert placed (including patients with apparent contralateral proximal tubal occlusion or suspected unicornuate uterus)
- have previously undergone tubal ligation
- are pregnant or suspect pregnancy
- have delivered or terminated a pregnancy less than 6 weeks prior to the Essure placement procedure
- have an active or recent pelvic infection
- are allergic to contrast media
- The Essure inserts contain metals, including nickel, titanium, iron, chromium, tin and a material called polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Patients who are allergic or sensitive to any of these materials may have a reaction to this device. Typical symptoms include rash, itching, and hives but may also include other symptoms not reported in the clinical trials such as chest pain, breathing difficulties and intestinal discomfort such as nausea, diarrhea or vomiting. Physicians should ask whether patients have an allergy to nickel or other metals and materials when discussing their sterilization options.
- While some patients with nickel sensitivity can tolerate Essure, physicians should discuss with their patients the potential for a reaction to the nickel component as they weigh the benefits and the risks of Essure in each individual case.
- When discussing Essure and the procedure, make sure the patient understands:
- Essure benefits and risks
- Essure is a permanent form of birth control
- Importance of the Essure Confirmation Test
The FDA recommends that health care providers thoroughly discuss available sterilization and birth control methods with their patients, including their benefits and risks. The Decision Checklist included in the Draft Guidance can help to facilitate these discussions and make certain patients understand the benefits and risks.