Thursday, August 5, 2010

Center for Disease Control Survey Reports that One in Four Women Choose Permanent Birth Control

Essure Leading the Way as the Non-Surgical Option for Women Whose Families are Complete

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- According to the recently released 2006-08 National Survey of Family Growth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in four women choose permanent birth control. Conceptus, Inc. (CPTS 13.85, +0.25, +1.84%) wants women to know that its Essure(R) permanent birth control procedure has been gaining in popularity, and is a safe and effective solution used by hundreds of thousands of women worldwide.

In the past, tubal ligation -- a surgery that requires cutting into the body, general anesthesia and a hospital stay -- was the only permanent birth control option available to women. Since 2002, the Essure permanent birth control procedure has been a solution to this invasive surgery, and many women have chosen Essure over tubal ligation. The Essure procedure can be performed in the comfort of a doctor's office in minutes; it does not require surgery, general anesthesia, scarring, burning, hormones or slowing down to recover.

Female permanent birth control is used by 16.7%, or 10.3 million women, and male sterilization (vasectomy) is used by the partners of 6.1%, or 3.7 million women.


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