Bayer has withdrawn its permanent contraceptive Essure in the US and Europe after reports of problems

1 A metal coil is placed into each of the patient’s fallopian tubes

 

2 Scar tissue forms around the implant, preventing eggs from reaching the womb

Fallopian tubes

1

2

Scar tissue

forms

Implants contain nickel, titanium, platinum, silver-tin and stainless steel

Inserted through

the cervix

Known problems include nickel allergies, movement of the pieces causing damage, and unplanned pregnancies

1 A metal coil is placed into each of the patient’s fallopian tubes

 

2 Scar tissue forms around the implant, preventing eggs from reaching the womb

 

Known problems include nickel allergies, movement of the pieces causing damage, and unplanned pregnancies

Fallopian tubes

2

1

Implants contain nickel, titanium, platinum, silver-tin and stainless steel

Scar tissue

forms

Inserted through

the cervix