Since its FDA approval in 2002, Essure, manufactured by Bayer, has had risks and side effects that women weren’t adequately warned about.
The device received the FDA’s Black-Box warning in 2016 due to reports of debilitating side effects like organ perforation, coils moving to the abdomen or pelvis, extreme pain, and allergic reaction.
Bayer recently announced that it will stop selling Essure in the U.S. by the end of 2018. This news comes after months of FDA restrictions and lawsuits filed by women harmed by Essure.
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent form of hormone-free birth control for women. It’s a small, spring-like device that a doctor non-surgically inserts into each of a woman’s fallopian tubes. It acts as a barrier that keeps a man’s sperm away from a woman’s eggs, thus preventing pregnancy.
The device’s relatively low cost ($0 - $2,500 on average), effectiveness, and non-invasive insertion procedure contribute to its attractiveness.
What Are the Side Effects of Using Essure?
Essure received 26,773 reports of severe complications from 2002 to 2018. Many of those reports described injuries such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Cysts or tumors
- Device failure
- Device migration, embedment, or perforation
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Menstrual irregularities
- Mood swings
- Sharp abdominal pain or cramping
- Surgical removal
Contact an Essure Attorney
Our Essure lawyers are representing women injured by this device, nationwide. Wondering if you have an Essure case? Contact us today for a free, confidential case review. We’re here to help protect your legal rights and your well-being so you can get your life back on track.