Essure Lawsuits (Note: We ARE NO LONGER EVALUATING ESSURE CASES)
Essure is a permanent birth control that has been advertised as safer, less expensive and easier to use method compared to invasive surgeries for women who want a permanent solution. Essure is considered a transcervical sterilization procedure and marketed as an incredibly safe and convenient solution. However, many women have developed serious health complications, including life-threatening side effects.
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent birth control solution for sterilization that does not require invasive surgery. Rather, it is an outpatient procedure where bendable coils are placed in the fallopian tubes, then they are passed through the vagina, cervix, and uterus. Scar tissue forms, preventing any insemination from occurring. Over the years, more than 750,000 women have had the Essure device implanted. This medical device originally was designed and manufactured by a company called Conceptus. It was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 2002. Bayer eventually took over this device’s manufacture.
Reports of Health Issues
The FDA has received countless adverse reports since 2004. One of the top complaints reported is that the Essure device moved and punctured the woman’s uterus or fallopian tubes. As a result of this injury, about 100 women needed to have hysterectomies conducted so that the Essure device could be removed. Another serious complaint is from the doctors, that the device broke when it was being inserted. Another issue that occurred fairly often is that women had allergic reactions to Essure after it was inserted.
Evidence Regarding the Dangers of Essure
There is mounting evidence that Essure is quite harmful to women in general. The FDA has been piecing together studies, complaints that were submitted through the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting System, testimonials from the Internet, and an investigation which was conducted by the FDA themselves. On the record, the FDA has stated that they looked into any reports of health issues five years or more after placement. They claimed not to have found any evidence of new or significant complications affecting a large group of individuals. However, women have remained vocal about their injuries and various health issues related to Essure. They have spoken out regarding this matter.