The only permanent, non-surgical form of birth control on the market for females, Essure, was supposed to offer women the unique opportunity of taking control of their reproductive health in a way that was low-risk, affordable and long-lasting. However, soon after its approval by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, reports of the medical device’s adverse effects began flooding in.
Between 2002 and 2015, the FDA received over 9,000 reports of Essure adverse effects, while Bayer, the manufacturer of the birth control method, received over 15,000 reports of adverse effects.
If you have been harmed by an Essure implant, you have rights – and you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Currently, a number of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer following traumatic experiences with Essure, arguing that:
Essure was designed to be a permanent type of birth control that was less invasive and expensive than the surgical option of tubal ligation (in which each fallopian tube is tied off, preventing eggs from descending into the uterus for fertilization).
Essure consists of two thin nickel and titanium alloy coils, each of which is inserted into each of a woman’s fallopian tubes. Over a period of three months, scar tissue builds around the coils, holding them in place and blocking eggs from traveling into the uterus. When inserted and used correctly, the birth control option is supposed to be 99 percent effective, according to manufacturer Bayer.
Almost a million Essure devices have been sold today, mostly to women in the United States.
While Essure seems like a innovative and reasonable birth control option for women who are sure that they are don’t want more children, it quickly became apparent that Essure posed a number of risks and led to a number of complications. Some of these complications and outcomes were painful, permanent, and heartbreaking.
The most common adverse effects and complications reported by women about Essure include:
These medical problems have had serious consequences for women and their families, including:
In addition, Reuters reported that 303 fetal deaths have been linked to Essure.
It is no secret that Essure has caused serious medical problems in women or that it causes unintended pregnancies and fetal deaths. In fact, both the FDA and Bayer have admitted that the medical device needed more research, product safety improvements, and better warning labels. Here is a timeline of some of the major events surrounding Essure:
You are not alone. Many women have spoken to lawyers about their painful experiences with Essure birth control. You and thousands of other women may deserve compensation for Bayer’s negligence, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering. If you have suffered in the wake of an Essure procedure, you may wish to speak with an experienced defective medical device attorney today. Call Sweeney Merrigan Law at at (617) 391-9001 and schedule a private, confidential consultation with one of our lawyers today. We want to hear your story and we want to help.