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. (NASDAQ:CPTS) wants women to know that its Essure ® 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.

“From the CDC data, we can infer that when combined, permanent birth control for both men and women is the single most prevalent form of birth control used today,” said Mark Sieczkarek, CEO of Conceptus, Inc.

“When a woman is considering permanent birth control I recommend the Essure procedure," said Dr. Cindy Basinski, a board-certified OB/GYN based in Evansville, Ind. "Women need to be informed about their options, and I'm always glad to bring Essure to their attention. It is proven, easy, and extremely effective. And since it can be performed without anesthesia, Essure allows patients to get back to their family and normal routine quickly.”

Since receiving FDA approval in 2002, the Essure procedure has become a trusted solution for more than 435,000 women and their physicians. The Essure procedure is 99.80 percent effective with zero pregnancies reported in four years of clinical trials, making it the most effective permanent birth control available. To learn more about Essure please visit The National Survey of Family Growth can be found here:

About the Essure Procedure:

The Essure procedure, FDA approved since 2002, is a proven, hormone-free permanent birth control procedure that can be performed in the comfort of a physician’s office in less than 10 minutes without surgery, burning, anesthesia or the risks associated with tubal ligation. Small, flexible inserts are placed in a woman’s fallopian tubes through the cervix without incisions. Over the next three months, the body forms a natural barrier around the micro-inserts to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Essure is 99.80% effective based on four years of follow up with zero pregnancies reported in clinical trials, making it the most effective form of permanent birth control on the market. The procedure is covered by most insurance plans, and when it is performed in a doctor’s office the cost may be as low as a simple co-pay.

Three months after the Essure procedure, a doctor performs an Essure Confirmation Test to confirm both that the inserts are in place and the fallopian tubes are fully blocked, and that the patient can rely on Essure for permanent birth control. Essure has been proven and trusted by physicians since 2002, with more than 435,000 women worldwide having undergone the Essure procedure.