Trista Sutter Announces She Will Get the Essure Permanent Birth Control Procedure

Wed Apr 8, 2009 8:11am EDT

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Trista Sutter Announces She Will Get the Essure Permanent Birth Control
Procedure

Trista Sutter, the Original Bachelorette, Decides Her Family is Complete After
the Birth of Her Second Child

VAIL, Colo., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- After the arrival of her second child (a
baby girl named Blakesley Grace born on April 3, 2009), Trista Sutter, the
star of ABC's first Bachelorette show, has announced that with two healthy
children, this will be the last child for the couple. Trista plans to get the
Essure(R) permanent birth control procedure. 

(Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090408/SF96204)

On July 26, 2007, the Sutters welcomed their first child, Maxwell Alston
Sutter. In 2008, the couple announced that they were expecting a second child.
Trista had expressed interest to her physician that she was considering having
a tubal ligation after the delivery. Trista and her doctor had already
determined that she would be delivering via C-section, and the couple felt
their family would be complete after the second child. However, after speaking
with her doctor about birth control options, Trista decided that the Essure
procedure was a better solution for her. 

By choosing the Essure procedure, Trista will avoid the added pain and
recovery time of getting her tubes tied combined with her C-section. The
Essure procedure is performed three months after childbirth and this waiting
period allows Trista to let her body recover and spend time bonding with her
new baby. Trista will have the added benefit of the Essure Confirmation Test,
so she can be confident that her procedure is a success.

Essure is a permanent birth control procedure for women that can be performed
in minutes in the comfort of a doctor's office. The procedure is often
preferred by women because it does not require a hospital visit, cutting into
the body, being put under general anesthesia, scarring, hormones or much
downtime for recovery. Since receiving FDA approval in 2002, the Essure
procedure has become a trusted solution for women and physicians.

"Now that we have the two healthy children we always dreamed of, Ryan and I
have decided that our family is the perfect size, and we want to devote our
time and energy to them," says Trista Sutter. "After looking at all my options
I realized that Essure is the best fit for me and my lifestyle. I like it
because the procedure can be performed in my doctor's office without general
anesthesia, and the quick recovery means I can get back to my life and my
family right away."

The Essure procedure is 99.8% effective with zero pregnancies reported in
clinical trials.

About the Essure Procedure:
The Essure procedure is a permanent birth control method that can be performed
in the comfort of a physician's office in about 10 minutes(1) without
hormones, cutting, burning or the risks associated with general anesthesia or
tubal ligation. Small, flexible micro-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 99.8% effective(2) with zero
pregnancies reported in clinical trials. 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 that the fallopian tubes are fully blocked, and
that the patient can rely on Essure for permanent birth control. Essure was
FDA-approved in 2002, and more than 250,000 women worldwide have undergone the
Essure procedure. 

Essure and Conceptus(R) are registered trademarks of Conceptus Inc.

About Trista Sutter:
Now a Vail, Colorado resident with her husband Ryan, Trista Sutter (formerly
Rehn), was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  

While working as a pediatric physical therapist in Miami, Florida, Trista was
looking for something new and exciting and applied for a new show called "The
Bachelor." After being chosen to appear as one of 25 bachelorettes on the ABC
hit, she achieved overnight fame as the runner-up who was not ultimately
picked as The Bachelor's dream girl. Not being chosen proved to be the best
thing that could've happened, because she was then asked to become the first
Bachelorette and ended up meeting the man of her dreams in handsome
firefighter Ryan Sutter. On the finale, she said "yes" to his televised
marriage proposal and after a year engagement they planned a dream wedding for
a special TV wedding that they shared with over 20 million people who had
watched their love story unfold.  To this day, they are the only couple from
"The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" to actually tie the knot, and one of few
to even remain together.

In addition to her involvement on the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, Trista
has since been busy starting an eco-friendly diaper bag line called "Trista
Baby," working as a stay-at-home mom, and participating in the first season of
the Emmy-nominated, "Dancing with the Stars."


    (1) Average hysteroscopic procedure time
    (2) Based on 4 years of follow-up



SOURCE  Conceptus Inc.

Kelsey Kazarian, kazariank@loomisgroup.com, or Nicole Daley,
daleyn@loomisgroup.com, both of Loomis Group, +1-415-882-9494, for Conceptus
Inc.
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