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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Could Essure® Be Right For Me?

Only you and your doctor can decide if Essure is right for you. As you discuss your options with your doctor, there are a number of things you should consider. Take the quiz below to see if Essure might be right for you.

  1. Are you sure you don’t want any more children?
  2. Are you seeking a birth control that does not contain hormones?
  3. Are you interested in a permanent form of birth control?
  4. Are you interested in permanent birth control, but don’t want to have a surgical procedure?
  5. Are you looking for a birth control procedure that does not require general anesthesia and the risks and complications associated with it?
YOUR RESULT

Essure may be right for you!

Based on your responses, it sounds like you may want to consider talking to your doctor about Essure.

E-mail yourself these results and bring them with you to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment.

You might be more interested in a long-acting, reversible method

Based on your responses, you don’t seem to be ready for permanent birth control (not just yet, anyway)! You may want to consider talking to your doctor about long-acting reversible birth control options that give you lasting, but not permanent, birth control. To learn more, click here.

E-mail yourself these results and bring them with you to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Essure is NOT right for you if:

  • You suspect you are pregnant
  • You have only one fallopian tube
  • You have one or both fallopian tubes closed or obstructed
  • You have had your “tubes tied” (tubal ligation)
  • You are allergic to contrast dye used during X-ray exams
  • You are unwilling to undergo the Essure Confirmation Test
  • You are uncertain about ending your fertility

You should wait to have the Essure procedure if:

  • You are or have been pregnant within the past 6 weeks
  • You have had a recent pelvic infection
  • You are in the second half (weeks 3 and 4) of your menstrual cycle. During that time there is an increased risk of being pregnant prior to having the Essure procedure

You should speak to your doctor if:

  • You are taking or receiving therapy that suppresses your immune system. Examples include chemotherapy or corticosteroids, such as prednisone. Therapy that suppresses the immune system may make the Essure procedure less effective for birth control
  • You have, or think you may have, a nickel allergy

Questions About Essure?

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Talking to Your Doctor

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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.

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