The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a News Release announcing that the sale and distribution of Essure birth control devices will be further restricted due to concerns that women are not receiving enough information about the potential risks. Ever since Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002, the device has been surrounding by controversy as thousands of women reported serious side effects including severe pain, bleeding, and even permanent infertility. In response to the ongoing complaints, the FDA has been closely monitoring the dangers associated with the birth control devices and has decided that more restrictions were needed to protect women. Health care providers may not utilize Essure unless full disclosure of the risks and potential side effects are made known to the patient. Currently, a growing number of women are seeking to have these devices removed and filing Essure lawsuits.
How Does Essure Work?
Essure is a small spring-like device made of nickel titanium alloy that is inserted into the fallopian tubes through the cervix. Over the course of several months, scar tissue builds up around the coils creating a physical barrier preventing sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs. This is a quick procedure, and women usually go home 45 minutes after it is completed. Patients are supposed to go back to the doctor after three months for a confirmation check to make sure Essure is working properly to prevent pregnancy. While the makers of Essure marketed the device as safe and convenient, a number of serious problems have been identified in connection with Essure.
Why is Essure Dangerous?
Thousands of women who have been implanted with the Essure device report they have suffered painful and serious complications including ovarian cyst ruptures, fatigue, significant weight loss, bleeding, and chronic pain. Many women have had to get these devices removed because of how they migrate and rupture vital organs. However, even removing the devices has not been easy because of the way the coils are implanted. The Essure device sometimes has to be removed by a complete hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, resulting in permanent inability to have children.
Contact an Experienced Essure Lawyer
If you or someone you know have suffered serious side effects after using Essure, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Essure lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file an Essure lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.