- What Women Should Know About Essure Permanent Birth Control. FDA Consumer Update. November 2016.
- Essure Permanent Birth Control System by Bayer Healthcare: FDA Announcement – Label Changes. FDA MedWatch. November 2016.
What Are the Benefits and Risks of Essure?
Implanting Essure is typically done in a doctor’s office. This procedure doesn’t require an incision and can be done without general anesthesia.
Some women who use Essure have reported serious complications, including:
- poking through the fallopian tubes or uterus
- persistent pain after the procedure (including pain for weeks or months after the procedure)
- change in menstrual cycles (bleeding patterns)
- symptoms similar to those of allergic reactions
- symptoms similar to those in autoimmune diseases, such as joint pain and fatigue.
In addition, some women who reported complications have had surgery to remove the device.