Sunday, December 16, 2007

FDA Recommends Adiana Approval

In a a vote of 10 to 3 the FDA's Ob/Gyn specialty panel recommended that the pre market application for Adiana(R) Permanent Contraception for female sterilization is Approvable.


Photo via Ob.Gyn. News

If you recall, Adiana is a new female birth control method in the Sterilization group, a novel, two-step approach to permanent contraception. Here's how it works:

First, a catheter is positioned immediately inside the opening of the patient's fallopian tube using a hysteroscope, eliminating the need for any incisions. The catheter applies a very low-level of bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) energy to remove just a thin layer of cells that line a 1cm section of the inside of the fallopian tube. The catheter then delivers an implantable, soft polymer, called a "matrix," which remains within the prepared section of the tube. The matrix is smaller than a grain of rice. The procedure is then repeated on the other fallopian tube. Healthy tissue will grow into the matrix, creating a complete blockage of each tube. A confirmatory dye test called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is conducted at three months post-procedure to ensure the fallopian tubes are completely blocked and that the woman can begin relying on Adiana for permanent contraception.

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At 2:11 PM, Blogger Dark Daughta said...

I was talking with my partner's mother about abortion, reproductive rights and the concept of choice. Wimmin of color are in communities that have been targeted genocidally by imperialist colonizers for hundreds of years. Some wimmin are in communities where abortion for girl children is common place. I am pro-choice and I feel that the discussion about reproductive rights needs to be layered so as to better incorporate various facets of the issue. When i saw your post I thought about the fact that scores of young white wimmin, with blonde hair, who have college educations will not be having this form of birth control offered to them. As wimmin whose social positioning locates them as "valids", their babies, will be more likely to be welcomed. This method will probably be more offered to black wimmin, Native wimmin, wimmin of color, poor white wimmin, disabled wimmin whose children are understood as unwanted, unnecessary and a present and future burden on the state. I think the medication will be effective. I just have a log jam in the brain when I think who will be overwhelmingly targeted with it. Thanks for the information.


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