Birth Control System Linked To Serious Side Effects
Essure Permanent Birth Control System is a prescription-only form of permanent and non-reversible birth control marketed as an alternative to female sterilization procedures like tubal ligation (tying tubes). The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the product in 2002, and in 2013 Bayer purchased Conceptus, the company that originally made the device, for $1.1 billion. According to reports, approximately 750,000 women have had this device implanted in order to prevent pregnancy.
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How Does Essure Work?
The device is inserted using a tin, disposable metal catheter that contains the compressed device coils. They are inserted through the vagina and positioned at the entrance of each fallopian tube before insertion. Once inserted, the coils expand and anchor themselves in the tube’s walls.
In the three months following this procedure, scar tissue slowly builds up around the coils and eventually blocks the fallopian tubes. In some cases, the tissue may take longer than three months to build up, so a follow-up visit is required to confirm that the tubes are completely sealed off.
Dangerous Side Effects Associated With Essure
While Bayer continued to market Essure after merging with the original manufacturer, thousands of women have come forward and asserted that the device caused them to suffer from a number of devastating side effects, including:
- Severe pelvic pain
- Perforated organs
- Autoimmune diseases
- Unintended weight loss
- Allergic reactions to nickel
- Migraine headaches
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Device displacement
- Device breakage
These victims claim that their problems were ignored by both the FDA and by their doctors and that Bayer failed to properly warn them of these negative side effects. Some are turning to the legal system to secure compensation for lost quality of life and to cover the medical bills that piled up in order to treat their symptoms, and some are filing lawsuits in order to raise public awareness and protect other women from this product.
Did You Suffer These Serious Side Effects?
If you suffered any of these serious side effects associated with Essure, you may be able to file a lawsuit in order to secure compensation to cover your medical bills and any other damages you may have incurred. Our drug injury lawyers at Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman have dedicated their careers to providing injured victims with the legal representation they need to secure the compensation they deserve. Give us a call at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your case with one of our lawyers, or fill out our online form to request a free case consultation today.