Essure Birth Control ProblemsThousands of women have suffered debilitating problems with Essure, a permanent birth control implant that has been linked to chronic pain, severe bleeding, organ perforation, and even death.

Do I have an Essure Lawsuit? If you or a loved one was injured by Essure birth control, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.

What is Essure Birth Control?

Essure is a permanent birth control device that is used to sterilize women who do not want to have any more children. It was developed by Conceptus Inc. (now a subsidiary of Bayer) and approved by the FDA in 2002.

Essure prevents pregnancy by preventing the fertilization of egg and sperm. It is implanted through the vagina into the fallopian tubes, where it causes an inflammatory reaction. Over several months, scar-tissue grows and blocks the fallopian tubes.

Essure Birth Control Problems

Essure is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy with so-called “perfect use.” However, the real world is not perfect — doctors sometimes insert Essure improperly, which increases the risk of migration, perforation, incomplete blockage of the fallopian tubes, and pregnancy.

Women who have debilitating problems with Essure may need surgery. Because Essure is designed to be permanent, removing it can be complex. It is not unusual for women to need a complete hysterectomy.

The FDA published a 90-page report (PDF) on problems with Essure birth control in September 2015. The FDA has received over 5,000 reports of serious complications, including five women who died.

Essure birth control problems may include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Nickel allergy / hypersensitivity
  • Migration of device outside of fallopian tubes
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Fracturing of the device
  • Perforation of fallopian tubes
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • And more

Migration

Inserting Essure is supposed to be a 10-minute outpatient procedure that doesn’t even require anesthesia. Unfortunately, Essure is not always placed properly:

  • Essure inserted too far: Can puncture the fallopian tube and migrate into the abdominal cavity or even perforate organs.
  • Essure is not placed far enough: Can migrate into the uterus and cause severe cramping, heavy bleeding, or fail to protect against pregnancy.

Pregnancy

Studies have found that up to 9.6% of women get pregnant within 10 years of getting Essure. If a pregnancy occurs when Essure is still implanted, there is a risk of miscarriage if it punctures the uterus.

Ectopic pregnancy is more likely to occur in women who get Essure. This life-threatening complication occurs when a fertilized egg starts to grow inside the fallopian tubes or outside the uterus.

Chronic Pain

Studies have found that 4.7% of women experience pelvic pain during the first year, 3.9% of women experience abdominal pain and cramps, 9% reported back pain, and 0.7% reported pain during sexual intercourse.

The FDA warns that Essure could potentially cause chronic pain if it is positioned improperly, perforates the uterus or fallopian tubes, migrates into the abdomen, causes organ damage, puts pressure on the fallopian tube, or if a woman experiences an allergic reaction to nickel.

Severe Bleeding

Heavier menstrual bleeding is one of the most commonly-reported serious side effects, with recent studies suggesting that 20-30% or more women who get Essure experience more frequent and prolonged bleeding. Nearly 900 women have reported this side effect to the FDA.

Nickel Allergy / Hypersensitivity

Essure is constructed of a stainless-steel inner coil and an outer coil made from a nickel-titanium alloy called Nitinol. The original label recommended a skin-test for nickel allergies before implanting Essure.

In August 2011, the FDA removed the nickel contraindication from the label after the reported incidence of adverse events was estimated at 0.01% (one in 10,000). Even so, with more than 1 million Essure systems sold worldwide, it is possible that over 1,000 women have had this problem.

Do I have an Essure Lawsuit?

The Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Essure Birth Control Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was seriously injured by Essure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our lawyers can help.


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