Essure is a nonsurgical, permanent birth control option for women. Essure are small coils that are inserted into a woman’s fallopian tubes, thus blocking them and preventing pregnancy. This is a procedure that can easily be done during a doctor’s office visit as compared to tube tying which is a fairly significant surgical procedure.
The FDA has recently asked that a group of outside experts take another look at Essure because of the continued reporting of complications.
The devise was approved by the FDA in 2002. Essure reports that it is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, however, research shows it has a failure rate of 10%.
Women who have had complications report a life that is forever changed due to severe pain and heavy bleeding. National Public Radio recently interviewed women, those with complications and those who are satisfied with the devise. The story, including the audio can be found here.
We live in amazing times of continuing developing technologies and inventions including new medical procedures, devises, and drugs. However, this writer is extremely concerned when products are put on the market that harm women. It begs to question whether new products are being rushed onto the market without adequate research and testing. Long term effects must be known before these “miracle cures” are thrown into the market.
Please beware, ladies.