Essure is a permanent form of birth control. Essure is not appropriate for all women of child-bearing age, but it may be appropriate for those women who:
- do not want any more children
- want a permanent form of birth control
- seek a sterilization procedure that does not require an incision or general anesthesia. Some doctors may use a local (numbing) anesthetic to reduce potential discomfort during the procedure.
- want a permanent birth control method that does not involve hormones
Anyone considering Essure should be aware that the procedure is not immediately effective in preventing pregnancy. If you are considering Essure as a permanent birth control method, you must use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy until you undergo your confirmation test. At three months after Essure placement, it is important you see your doctor for a confirmation test to verify that the Essure inserts are placed correctly.
You are encouraged to discuss all available sterilization and birth control options with your health care provider before deciding on the method that is right for you. If you are considering sterilization implants (like Essure), you may find it helpful to use the Decision Checklist included in the Final Guidance to discuss sterilization benefits and risks with your physician.
In November 2016, the FDA approved Bayer’s labeling which is consistent with the recommendations in the final guidance. If you are considering Essure, use Bayer’s Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist, which is available in the Patient Information Booklet.