Thousands of women have suffered life-altering complications from the use of a permanent contraceptive device called Essure, manufactured by Bayer AG.
Essure is a hysteroscopic sterilization procedure, a type of procedure that does not require an incision. A soft metal spring-like device wound with synthetic fibers is implanted in a woman’s Fallopian tubes. The metal part of the device consists of a stainless steel inner coil and an expanding nickel titanium outer coil. The surrounding tissue adhere to the device ultimately creating a barrier of scar tissue intended to block sperm from reaching the eggs.
Reported side effects following the Essure procedure include:
- Additional surgeries, including hysterectomy to remove the device and repair internal organs
- Autoimmune response to the device, including fatigue, rashes, hair loss and weight gain
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Life-threatening ectopic pregnancy
- Migration of the device or a device component (in some cases, the device may even ‘disappear’ in the body, becoming undetectable even through standard scanning)
- Expulsion of the device
- Perforation or tear of pelvic organs, including uterus or colon
- Severe migraines and allergic reactions to the device or device components
From the time Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002 to May 31, 2015 the FDA has received 5,093 reports from doctors and women of dangerous side effects.
The attorneys at HD&H can answer your questions about Essure; call us at 1-888-881-8100 or 713-626-3700 for a free consultation.