Women are already using it in Europe and now, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended approval of Essure for women in the U.S. who want permanent birth control without surgery to have their tubes tied.
Essure is a tiny spring-like device that is inserted through the Cervix into the Fallopian Tube. It takes three months to be effective. During that time, tissue grows through the device, blocking the Fallopian Tube so the woman can't get pregnant.
A clinical trial of the device involving over 500 women showed Essure to be 99.5% effective in women who had it successfully implanted. 700,000 women get their tubes tied every year. Essure is the first alternative to tubal ligation.
The device is manufactured by Conceptus, Inc. For more information, (click here).