Essure is a popular birth control implant that is used by women throughout the United States. However, recent studies indicate that the birth control device may not be as safe as once thought. Before we look at some of the complications associated with this birth control system, let’s go over what it is, exactly, and why it may be a good idea for you to contact your doctor – and an attorney – today. The Essure permanent birth control system is characterized by two metal coils that are placed inside a woman’s fallopian tubes. The product is manufactured by Bayer, whom claims it is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
However, thousands of women have reported that the device has caused a handful of painful symptoms, some of which have had long-term, negative effects. Women all over the country are calling for Essure to be banned, while at the same time filing lawsuits against the device’s manufacturer. According to some of the lawsuits against Bayer, women are claiming that if they had been warned about some of the potential harmful side effects, they would have chosen a different form of birth control. Because this device is permanent, it is causing an uproar amongst women who believe they were not given all the information needed to make the decision of whether or not to move forward with an Essure implant. The Essure birth control system was first introduced to the U.S. market in 2002 and has been a popular choice because it does not require an incision or anesthesia, and it is non-hormonal. The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes and can be performed in the doctor’s office. Once in place, tissue grows both in and around the device over a three-month period, which results in a blockage in the fallopian tubes.
Essure Injuries and Side Effects
One of the biggest concerns surrounding the Essure device is that because it cannot move, it has been known to puncture both the uterus and fallopian tubes, leading to abdominal injuries. Here is a look at some of the other injuries and side effects most commonly associated with the Essure birth control device:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Heavy periods
- Device breakage
- Abdominal pain
- Weight fluctuations
- Severe pelvic pain
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Migration of the device through the fallopian tubes into the lower abdomen and pelvis
- Puncturing of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- Rash and itching associated with a possible allergy to nickel
As you can see, many of these side effects are extremely serious and even life-threatening.
Is it Safe?
In recent months, at least three late-term miscarriages and two patient deaths have been linked to the Essure device, raising the question of whether or not it is safe. We went over many of the serious side effects of this device above, which also make it clear that this birth control system has numerous problems that were not made public by the manufacturer. To learn more about the dangers associated with the Essure birth control system, we encourage you to contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our Oklahoma personal injury attorneys will go over your case with you and help you better understand your rights.