Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. \
The Essure device consists of three components:
- An inner plastic fiber
- A flexible stainless steel inner coil.
- An outer nickel titanium alloy coil.
The procedure consists of implanting one of the spiral coils in each of the fallopian tubes. Over a 3 month period, tissue forms around the coils creating a barrier. That barrier prevents sperm from reaching the egg which prevents conception.
The FDA states that some women have experienced painful health complications after Essure implantation. One of the side-affects, noted on the Essure labeling, is pain. But in a study, conducted by the FDA from 2002 to 2013, women also noted experiencing hemorrhage, headaches, menstrual irregularities, extreme fatigue, depression, and weight gain. Other cases noted a device malfunction, either breakage or the device was not positioned properly. The FDA also suggested that because the outer coil is made from nickel-titanium, some women may have a (nickel) allergy to the device.
The physicians at Chicago Urogynecology can assist in developing a plan to remove the device that is individualized to your needs.
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