As women worldwide celebrate International Women's Day or in my case, discover that it's International Women's Day when trying to google something this morning. I thought it might be relevant to take a quick look at the latest and greatest in women's health in the medical device world.

Although unrelated to this year's theme of Empower Rural Women  End Hunger and Poverty, one topic that still has a lot of people talking is transcervical female sterilization. The two major products in this market. Conceptus Essure and Hologic's Adiana have been heavily advertised to consumers in the US and the transcervical female sterilization market is therefore projected to grow strongly over the next few years.

The main benefit of these products is that they don't require any incisions, unlike traditional permanent sterilization methods. Of course, demand for these products will continue to be limited by the presence of effective and readily available long-term contraceptives, such as oral contraceptives and the Mirena intrauterine device. For those reluctant to undergo a permanent procedure, maybe International Women's Day is a day to consider asking your partner to undergo a male sterilization instead.

Whatever your situation, be sure to think of a woman you admire and let her know today how she's made a difference!

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