Essure® is the only permanent birth control device on the market that requires a non-surgical procedure. In general, we tend to think non-surgical is easier, safer and less expensive than traditional surgery. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t end up on the operating table.
In October 2015, the British Medical Journal published a study comparing non-surgical Essure® implantation and traditional tubal ligation surgery. The study found that patients using Essure® had a more than a 10-fold increased risk of needing a follow up surgery after being implanted with the device.
Many women have reported that they would NOT have chosen Essure® if they had been fully informed of all the possible risks. It is important to note that in addition to a plethora of injuries, ranging from allergic reactions to hysterectomies, there have been 11 reported deaths associated with the device. Make sure that you have all the information and facts before making your decision about this device, and any procedure.
Get All the Information – So You Can Make an Informed Decision:
- Connect with women who have tried Essure®: Currently there’s a closed Facebook group called “Essure Strong” and as of February 2, 2016 it was over 26,000 strong. This group is for women who have had the Essure procedure done, and are suffering or have suffered from side effects which may be attributed to Essure®.
- Talk to your physician: Discuss possible risks and side effects with this device and about your specific conditions (if you have any). If you are still uncertain, get a second opinion.
- Get tested for metal allergies: Many women have had adverse reactions with the metal, nickel that makes up the device.
- Know your health insurance coverage: If you encounter problems with Essure®, be aware that Medicare and most insurance companies either won’t cover a corrective procedure or make it very difficult to get coverage for one – so the cost for removing the device may be out of your pocket.
Other Actions You Can Take:
- Get more information about Essure® injuries & lawsuits: Additional information about Essure® is available on our Essure® Birth Control Device web page.
- Speak out: Erin Brockovich (yes, the Erin Brockovich) has a petition urging the FDA to stop or remove Essure® from the market. You can also contact your local congressman and express your concerns about Essure®.
- Share this information: If you or someone you know is considering getting Essure® Permanent Birth Control please share this information.
- Contact a lawyer: If you or someone you know has been injured by the Essure® birth control device contact d’Oliveira & Associates for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. Call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.
Sources: FDA.gov, CBS News, Legalreader.com