So what makes Essure different?

Since 2002, Essure has been trusted by over half a million women. It’s a simple procedure, it’s the most effective* permanent birth control available and it offers benefits no other birth control method ever has.

Proven most effective

Essure is 99.8 percent effective, based on five years of clinical data. That’s higher than any other form of permanent birth control.


Temporary birth control methods require maintenance—whether taking a pill once a day, or getting a shot every three months, or having an IUD placed and monitored over five years. Essure is a one-time procedure that prevents pregnancy permanently, so you never have to think about it again.


Essure is a simple, non-surgical procedure that can be performed in your doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes. The doctor slides the small, flexible Essure inserts into the fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of the vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary. Other forms of permanent birth control, such as tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied) and vasectomy are surgeries and therefore may have risks—in the case of tubal ligation, the risks associated with general anesthesia.


Other birth control methods, including oral contraceptives, the shot, the ring and some IUDs, contain hormones and therefore come with potential risks and side effects. Essure contains no hormones to interfere with your body’s natural processes.

Rapid recovery

Following the simple 10-minute Essure procedure, most women are back to their normal routine in less than a day. Recovering from tubal ligation or vasectomy surgery can take up to a week, with downtime and discomfort.

Confirmation that Essure is working

The tips of the Essure inserts remain visible outside your fallopian tubes after the procedure, so your doctor can confirm that the inserts are properly in place. The Essure Confirmation Test, performed three months after your Essure procedure, lets your doctor verify that the inserts are still in place, your fallopian tubes are fully blocked and you can start relying on Essure for permanent birth control.

How does Essure compare to other methods of birth control?

As you gather information about which birth control is right for you now and in the future, be sure to consider all of your options. Birth control has steadily improved since the 1960s, with each new technology offering exciting new benefits to women. In Essure, we see the realization of all those years of birth control innovation. It’s been trusted by women and their doctors since 2002, with advantages that no other birth control can offer.

Once you decide on permanent birth control, you still have a number of options to choose from. Because the available methods differ substantially, it’s important to understand them and thoughtfully weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

*Based on five years of clinical data.


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