Women will have one less birth control option available to them, but in this case that’s probably a good thing. Bayer, the maker of Essure birth control, is taking its controversial device off the market by the end of this year.

The Essure birth control device is an implant designed to cause sterilization. The nickel and titanium alloy coil is implanted in the Fallopian tubes where it creates scar tissue meant to stop eggs from being released. However, the device has caused thousands of women serious health issues, including pain and perforations in the uterus, as well as unintended pregnancies.

Despite the complaints and lawsuits representing over 16,000 women, Bayer still insists that the device is safe to use and effective. The FDA has also maintained that the device is safe for use, although it has acknowledged that the use comes with risks. In 2016, the agency issued its highest level warning about the risks associated on the packaging.

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According to Bayer, the reason the company has stopped production on the device is that sales of Essure have plummeted by 40 percent in recent years. For those looking for a similar alternative, implants like progestin and copper IUDS offer a semi-permanent birth control option. Obviously, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about what birth control methods are best for you.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Bayer via Twitter

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