Essure is a permanent, non-hormonal form of birth control that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002. Originally manufactured by Conceptus, the drug is now sold by Bayer to women with a prescription from their doctor. Bayer markets Essure as “the only permanent birth control with a non-surgical procedure.”
Unlike oral contraceptives, Essure consists of coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes. The insertion of Essure within the body does not require anesthesia or a prolonged hospital stay. Most women go home and resume daily activities after the procedure is finished.
Dangerous Side Effects
Despite the “quick and easy” procedure, thousands of women have reported severe side effects after it has been completed. Around 750,000 women have used Essure as a permanent form of birth control, assuming it is safe.
Mild side effects include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Device expulsion
More dangerous side effects include:
- Device migration
- Hypervolemia — fluid buildup in the blood
In severe cases involving the side effects listed above, the “non-surgical” experience of Essure can end up requiring one or more surgeries to remove or reverse the initial procedure. Some women are required to receive a full hysterectomy in which the uterus, fallopian tubes, and cervix are removed. Hysterectomies can cause additional health problems for women.
Your Legal Options
In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its recommendation for a black box warning on Essure packaging. This warning is intended to better inform potential users about the risks of Essure.
Recently the claims of 14 women that Bayer failed to warn about the potential dangers of Essure were allowed to proceed in Alameda County, California. Our personal injury attorneys are currently evaluating cases related to Essure implants. If you have suffered complications after receiving an Essure implant, please contact us through this simple form or our toll-free number, 800-598-0314. You might be entitled to compensation for medical bills associated with your condition, pain and suffering, and more.