Essure: No Longer Sold or distributed in U.S.

“Tens of thousands of women say they suffered painful and serious side-effects from Essure, a medical device meant as a permanent birth control option. The device is the subject of nearly 27,000 complaints to the FDA since its approval in 2002. Women reported excessive pain, severe allergic reactions and, in some cases, perforated organs.” (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/essure-birth-control-fda-women-report-pain-side-effects/). “Essure will no longer be sold or distributed in the U.S. after December 31, 2018, a decision that was made by the manufacturer, Bayer, for business reasons. Health care providers can implant Essure for up to one year from the date the device was purchased.” (https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/essurepermanentbirthcontrol/ucm452250.htm). “The Essure system is a type of permanent birth control for women. It cannot be reversed. This type of female sterilization involves placing small metal and fiber coils in the fallopian tubes, which creates scar tissue that prevents sperm from reaching an egg. During the procedure, the doctor inserts a flexible tube with a small camera (hysteroscope) through the vagina and cervix and up to the uterus. From here, the doctor can see the opening to the fallopian tubes and place the Essure system coils into them. It takes about three months for the Essure system to prevent pregnancy. In some women, it may take up to six months. During this time, you must use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Essure doesn’t protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The company that manufactures Essure plans to stop production of this contraceptive device at the end of 2018.” (https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/essure/about/pac-20394017).