Bayer Healthcare’s Essure birth control device was created to give women a quick and easy way to permanently prevent pregnancy. Over 750,000 women have chosen to undergo this procedure since its approval in 2002 because Bayer boasts that its product is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy; and it only takes 10 minutes to complete the procedure, without even making an incision. This permanent sterilization treatment consists of two small flexible metal coils, made of nickel, which are inserted into the woman’s Fallopian tubes which are the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Over the next 3 months scar tissue will form around the coils, creating a barrier inside the Fallopian tubes, therefore preventing pregnancy, without the device having to release any hormones or drugs.
Many women though, don’t feel as strongly about the device as Bayer. Since 2002 there have been over 5,000 reports from women complaining of adverse effects after insertion of the device. These effects include:
- Severe headaches
- Perforation of the Fallopian tubes or uterine wall
- Perforation of the colon or embedment in other organs
- Allergic responses to the nickel the coils are made of
- Chronic severe pain in the area of the uterus
- Autoimmune diseases
- Undesired pregnancy
In most cases, these side effects require a hysterectomy to repair the damage caused by the device or complete surgical removal of the device. Many of the women filing lawsuits against Bayer claim Bayer failed to warn them of these potential side effects and is guilty of negligence.
If you or someone you love have been injured or suffered from the malfunction of an Essure permanent birth control device, our experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys at Roberts & Roberts can help. For nearly 35 years, we have been protecting the rights of the people of Texas and getting them the compensation they deserve. Call us, day or night; the call will cost you nothing, it can mean everything.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.