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Essure is a type of permanent birth control which can be used as an alternative to tubal ligation and does not require general anesthesia. It’s indicated for women who do not want children, women who want a less invasive form of sterilization, and/or women who want a birth control method that doesn’t involve hormones.
Essure was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. It works by inserting a small spring made of nickel-titanium alloy to each fallopian tube. The springs are inserted through the vagina via a metal catheter. Over a period of a few months, scar tissue forms around the coils which prevent the egg from traveling to the uterus. Bayer, the product manufacturer claims that Essure is safe and close to 100 percent effective.
Women who have taken Essure reported numerous adverse effects including but not limited to heavy or irregular periods, headaches, and pain or cramping in pelvic region. Unfortunately, the FDA reports more serious long-term effects including perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes, nickel allergy, migration of the implanted device from its original site, ectopic pregnancy, and unintended pregnancy.
The long-term effects of Essure often result in multiple surgeries to correct the problem(s). Some women have even had complete hysterectomies which may lead to other complications such as bowel or bladder incontinence.
Due to a high number of reported problems, the FDA ordered Bayer to conduct post-market surveillance studies and to include a black box warning to product labeling. In addition, Bayer is required to include a patient decision check-list to product labeling to outline the risks and benefits of this device.
Based on the FDA’s post-market studies, the most frequently reported problems were abdominal pain, menstrual irregularities such as heavier periods, headache, fatigue, and weight fluctuations. The most common device-related problems found were allergies to nickel, migration of the device, device breakage, difficulty removing the device, incorrect placement of the device, and difficulty inserting the device.
If you or your loved one suffered injuries of any kind due to taking Essure, call our personal injury firm now toll-free at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation. Our personal injury lawyers might be able to assist you with the next steps to take on your case. Don’t wait another day. Call us now!