I heard the Adiana system is no longer available. What happened?

It's true the Adiana system for female sterilization isn't available anymore. The manufacturer stopped producing the Adiana system for financial reasons in 2012.

A type of permanent birth control for women, the Adiana system used low-level radiofrequency energy along with two small silicone pieces placed in each of the fallopian tubes. Scar tissue formed around the silicone inserts, blocking the fallopian tubes and preventing sperm from reaching an egg.

The Adiana system still provides permanent contraception for women who previously had the system placed in their fallopian tubes.

For women interested in this type of birth control, the Essure system works in a similar manner and is still available. The Essure system includes small metal and fiber coils that are placed in the fallopian tubes. Scar tissue grows around the coils, blocking the fallopian tubes.

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Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D.

March 29, 2018 See more Expert Answers