Essure and Possible Health Risks for Women
Women are constantly being offered new forms of birth control that are supposedly improvements on older, more traditional types of contraception. Unfortunately, many of these methods also come with risks for serious health complications. One of the most notorious examples of these birth control methods is the Essure device.
Essure is a contraceptive device that is inserted into each fallopian tube via a nonsurgical procedure. After approximately three months, scar tissue forms around the device, blocking the fertilization of eggs. The device has been in use since 2002, when it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Since its release, thousands of women have lodged complaints about complications suffered because of their Essure. Many of them have even joined an online support group to share their stories. The group’s Facebook page currently has over 30,000 members.
Possible Complications from the Essure
The Essure device is a spring made from titanium-nickel alloy. Women who have an allergy to nickel or other metals might suffer adverse reactions. In addition to allergic reactions, some women have also experienced:
- Perforation of the fallopian tube or uterus
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Migration of the coil through the fallopian tubes
- Increased risk of ectopic pregnancies
- Changes in menstrual cycles
- Joint fatigue and pain
- Unintended pregnancies.
In addition to these long-term risks, women may also experience cramping, bleeding, nausea, fainting, and pelvic and back pain immediately following the initial procedure. Women who experience complications often need to undergo surgery to have the device removed. The Essure device is intended to be an alternative to surgical procedures like laparoscopy, so the fact that women are 10 times more likely to require reoperation with Essure than with laparoscopy is alarming.
In some cases, women were not adequately informed about the risks associated with the Essure, such as the potential allergic reaction to nickel. A follow-up examination is required three months after the device is implanted to ensure that it is working as intended, so patients should also be informed about the importance of consulting their OB/GYN.
If patients are not told about the possible complications and the need for a follow-up visit, they face an increased risk of adverse effects or the possibility that the device is not working properly.
If You Believe Your Essure Device is Causing Health Complications…
Seek immediate medical treatment, and be sure to keep track of all the complications and expenses you encounter. You might consider taking legal action against Bayer, the maker of the device, if you experience serious complications.
The defective medical device attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are meeting with women who have suffered harm because of Essure. We assist clients to make sure they get compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered from faulty or dangerous medical devices.
To schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.