Women who have been harmed by Essure — an implantable birth control device that has been shown to have serious side effects — are finding that removing the device can cause more side effects and risks as well.
Essure was first introduced in 2002 as a form of permanent, non-hormonal birth control. The device’s coils are implanted into each fallopian tube through the uterus. As inflammation and scaring occur, the fallopian tubes are sealed off and conception is prevented. Essure has been marketed as an alternative to tubal ligation.
A number of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, maker of the permanent contraceptive device, over adverse effects that can occur after the device has been implanted, including perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes, persistent pain and device migration.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), more than 10,000 reports of side effects from Essure have been filed with the agency. The lawsuits allege that the device should never have received premarket approval, which the complaints state was based on faulty research.
Some women are discovering that having the Essure device removed does not end their complications. A woman named Angie F. started a Facebook page called Essure Problems for women who have experienced side effects from the removal of the device. That page currently has more than 31,000 members.
Following surgery to remove the Essure device, Angie found that her health problems persisted. After she had a pelvic x-ray, it was revealed that she had foreign bodies throughout her abdomen. She eventually had to have a hysterectomy and two additional surgeries to deal with the issue. Doctors with experience in removing Essure devices recommend that the device be removed intact to prevent pieces of the coils from breaking off and migrating to other parts of the body.
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