The Essure system is a type of female sterilization. Benefits of the Essure system include:

  • Permanence
  • Effectiveness
  • Lack of significant long-term side effects
  • No need to buy contraception, interrupt sex for contraception or seek partner compliance
  • No incision
  • Convenience — the Essure system can be implanted at your health care provider's office
  • No effect on your menstrual cycle

The Essure system isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage you from choosing the Essure system if you:

  • Are sensitive to nickel or allergic to the contrast agent used to confirm tubal blockage
  • Have a uterine or tubal condition that prevents access to one or both tubal openings
  • Might want to become pregnant
  • Previously had a tubal ligation
  • Recently gave birth or had an abortion
  • Recently had a pelvic infection
Jan. 12, 2012