Essure Birth Control Lawsuits
Owned by Bayer HealthCare, Essure is a permanent birth control system that has been available for over a decade and used by more than a half million patients. It is marketed as an alternative for women who wish to end their fertility but do not want to undergo surgery to have their tubes tied (tubal ligation). In addition to being minimally invasive, Essure is also touted as a hormone-free birth control option, but the system is not without side effects. In fact, thousands of patients have filed lawsuits, claiming Essure caused a host of medical issues from severe pain to unwanted pregnancies.
How Essure Works
During the Essure procedure, a health care provider inserts small metal coils into the patient’s fallopian tubes. Over the next few months, scar tissue forms around the coils which blocks the fallopian tubes, thus preventing pregnancy by blocking access to a woman’s egg.
Why It’s Dangerous
More than 5,000 patients have reported problems with their Essure system to the FDA since 2002. Common complications may include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe pelvic pain
- Painful intercourse
- Onset of an autoimmune disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Stomach issues
- Nickel allergies
- Unwanted pregnancies
Some women have reported device displacement, where an Essure insert moves into the uterus, colon, abdomen, or lower pelvis and becomes embedded there. This can be especially dangerous and may require surgery.
Bayer claims their device is safe and the complications women are experiencing are to be expected after any sterilization procedure. However, patients say that they were not properly warned of the potential for harsh side effects and feel that their ongoing health problems are being disregarded. Many are seeking compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life. In September 2015, the safety of Essure was reviewed by the FDA, but the device remains on the market.
Schedule a Free Case Review
If you believe that you deserve justice for harm caused by this device, contact Ward Black Law today for a free case review. We are located in Greensboro, NC, but assist patients across the country. Our defective medical device attorneys can help you know if you may be entitled to compensation. If you need representation, we will put our medical lawsuit experience to work for you, serving as your powerful voice through this challenging time. Call us today at 336-333-2244 or toll-free at 877-256-1214.