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Essure is a new method of permanent birth control developed by Conceptus. Because it is intended to permanently prevent pregnancy, it is similar to other permanent birth control methods such as vasectomy or tubal ligation ('having your tubes tied').

Essure is a lower impact approach to permanent birth control than vasectomy or tubal ligation because it does not involve cutting through the skin, can be performed without general anaesthesia, and recovery is quick.

The Essure procedure is only appropriate if you:

  • are sure that you do not want children or that your family is complete
  • would like to have permanent birth control
  • believe you will not change your mind

You should be aware that there are other methods of birth control, both temporary/reversible and permanent. Your doctor will explain these to you and advise you whether Essure is a suitable option for you. It is your right to decide what method suits you. If, at any time before the Essure procedure you decide not to have it, you should tell your doctor and cancel the procedure. You do not have to provide any explanation for your decision.

As with all procedures, there are risks associated with Essure. You should be aware of these risks and discuss them in detail with your doctor.

For more information on the Essure procedure, please download a patient brochure.

Additional information about the Essure procedure is available at or by calling the Information line at 1-877-ESSURE1.