Essure: Dangerous Birth Control
Essure: A Dangerous Birth Control
For many, birth control is a regular part of life. When a couple decides they are done having children they may choose a permanent method. Essure is marketed as a non-invasive and permanent birth control for women. But, is Essure a dangerous form of birth control?
Bayer, the maker of Essure, will halt sales in the U.S. this year. The United States is the last place Bayer sells the dangerous birth control device.
What Is Essure?
Essure is sold as a safe, non-invasive way to sterilize a woman. Instead of having their “tubes tied” women could have a small device implanted. The implant process requires no incisions. Additionally, doctors could implant the device at their office in a few minutes. Women could get back to their normal life in 1 to 2 days. The procedure requires no anesthesia and the device is non-hormonal. This appealed to many women worldwide.
A doctor implants the device in each Fallopian tube. In about 3 months scar tissue covers the device and blocks sperm from reaching the egg. This method provides permanent sterilization.
Is It Safe?
Despite Bayer’s claims that Essure is safe, many women have experienced complications. Complications could be as simple as slight abdominal pain or as severe as death. For most women, they experience constant abdominal pain, bleeding, and autoimmune problems. Even having the devices removed after complications can be hazardous.
It’s estimated 750,000 patients have received Essure worldwide. From 2002 to 2015, the U.S. the FDA received 9,900 reports from doctors and women who had serious side effects. Additionally, in the U.S. there are about 16,000 women suing Bayer over complications from Essure. The FDA has repeatedly revised requirements for warning people interested in the sterilization device.
Bayer Plans To Stop Selling Essure
Bayer announced it will no longer sell the dangerous sterilization device. In an announcement on July 20, 2018, Bayer said they will no longer sell Essure. Citing a “business decision” Bayer will stop sales by the end of the year. Many opponents of this dangerous birth control device are glad for the decision, though it took too long. The damage is already done, so many women have been injured by this product.
Essure Injury Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were injured by this medical device, there is still time. Discuss your options with an experienced medical device injury attorney. Request a free and confidential consultation today. Get legal advice for your situation and answers to your questions. Call or text us any time at 215-232-1000 to speak to a member of our legal team. We have offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey.