Essure
Important Safety Information

Essure is not right for you if you are uncertain about ending your fertility, can have only one insert placed, suspect you are pregnant or have been pregnant within the past 6 weeks, have had your tubes tied, have an active or recent pelvic infection, or have a known allergy to contrast dye. Continue below

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What Is Permanent Birth Control?

Permanent birth control is highly effective contraception that provides permanent prevention against pregnancy. It’s important to know that all permanent birth control methods are just that—permanent! In other words, they should be considered irreversible. Therefore, permanent birth control is meant for women who have decided that they do not want to have any more children. Not sure if you’re done? Click here to learn more.

If you know that your family is complete and you are done having children, there are permanent birth control options that might be right for you.

Your Permanent Birth Control Options

The permanent birth control method for women that most people are familiar with is tubal ligation (also known as getting your tubes tied). And for men, it’s vasectomy. Both are surgical methods that permanently prevent pregnancy.

But did you know that you have another choice that doesn’t require surgery? Essure® is the only permanent birth control you can get with a non-surgical procedure. To learn more about Essure, click here.

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Benefits of Permanent Birth Control

Why consider permanent birth control? Here are a few reasons:

  • It’s one of the most effective forms of birth control available
  • It does not contain any hormones
  • You can leave the hassles of the daily birth control routine behind!*

*Until you have had your Essure Confirmation Test and your doctor has confirmed that you can rely on Essure for birth control, you must continue to use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Indication

Essure® is permanent birth control that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy.

Important Safety Information

Essure is not right for you if you are uncertain about ending your fertility, can have only one insert placed, suspect you are pregnant or have been pregnant within the past 6 weeks, have had your tubes tied, have an active or recent pelvic infection, or have a known allergy to contrast dye.

Tell your doctor if you are taking immunosuppressants or think you may have a nickel allergy.

WARNING: You must continue to use another form of birth control until you have your Essure Confirmation Test (3 months after the procedure) and your doctor tells you that you can rely on Essure for birth control. For some women, it can take longer than three months for Essure to be effective, requiring a repeat confirmation test at 6 months. Talk to your doctor about which method of birth control you should use during this period. Women using an intrauterine device need to switch to another method. If you rely on Essure for birth control before receiving confirmation from your doctor, you are at risk of getting pregnant.

WARNING: Be sure you are done having children before you undergo the Essure procedure. Essure is a permanent method of birth control.

During the procedure: In the original premarketing study, some women experienced mild to moderate pain (9.3%). Your doctor may be unable to place one or both Essure® inserts correctly. In rare cases, part of an Essure insert may break off or it may puncture the fallopian tube requiring surgery to repair. If breakage occurs, your doctor may remove the piece or let it leave your body during your period. Your doctor may recommend a local anesthetic. Ask your doctor about the risks associated with this type of anesthesia.

Immediately following the procedure: In the original premarketing study, some women experienced mild to moderate pain (12.9%) and/or cramping (29.6%), vaginal bleeding (6.8%), and pelvic or back discomfort for a few days. Some women experienced nausea and/or vomiting (10.8%) or fainting. You should arrange to have someone take you home after the procedure. In rare instances, an Essure insert may be expelled from the body.

During the Essure Confirmation Test: As one of the confirmation tests requires an x-ray, you may be exposed to very low levels of radiation, as with most x-rays, if this test is used. In rare instances, women may experience spotting and/or infection.

Long-term Risks: There are reports of chronic pelvic pain in women possibly related to Essure. An Essure insert may migrate into the lower abdomen and pelvis and may require surgery for removal. No birth control method is 100% effective. Women who have Essure are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) if they get pregnant. This can be life-threatening. The Essure insert is made of materials that include a nickel-titanium alloy. Patients who are allergic to nickel may have an allergic reaction to the inserts. Symptoms include rash, itching and hives.

The safety and effectiveness of Essure has not been established in women under 21 or over 45 years old.

Essure does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

Talk to your doctor about Essure and whether it is right for you.

Mirena Indications & Usage

Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing IUD placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 5 years. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.

Mirena Important Safety Information

Only you and your healthcare provider can decide if Mirena is right for you. Mirena is recommended for women who have had a child.

Skyla Indication

Skyla® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 3 years.

Skyla Important Safety Information

Skyla does not protect against HIV or STDs.

Only you and your healthcare provider can decide if Skyla is right for you. Skyla is available by prescription only.

For important risk and use information about Skyla, please see the Full Prescribing Information.

References:
  1. Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (2013). World Contraceptive Patterns 2013. New York, NY: United Nations; 2013.
  2. Mosher WD, Jones J. Use of contraception in the United States: 1982-2008. Vital Health Stat. 2010;29:1-44.

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