Essure Birth Control Device
Essure is an intrauterine device (IUD) designed to help women avoid pregnancy without the need for invasive laparoscopic sterilization surgery. Since its approval, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, more than half a million women have chosen to have this device implanted in their bodies.
The Essure device is a small, nickel-titanium coil that is inserted into both of a woman’s fallopian tubes. The Essure implant causes an inflammatory reaction and the natural buildup of scar tissue around a woman’s eggs. This prevents sperm from reaching the egg, thus preventing fertilization.
Manufacturer Bayer AG marketed the Essure device to women as a safe and simple alternative to permanent birth control surgery. However, the Essure birth control implant has been linked to several severe and dangerous side effects.
If you or a loved one received the Essure birth control implant and suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Essure Linked to Serious Injuries
In February of 2016, the FDA announced that it would be adding a “black box warning” label for the Essure birth control device. Black box warning labels are reserved for medical devices that pose a serious or life-threating risk to patients.
Studies of this dangerous medical device found that women who received an Essure implant were 10 times more likely to require revision surgery than their counterparts who originally underwent a surgical sterilization. In addition, the same study found that the Essure device offers no statistical advantage over laparoscopic sterilization in preventing pregnancy.
Since 2002, the FDA has received more than 5,000 serious injury complaints from women using this device. These women have reported experiencing dangerous device failures and medical complications, including:
- Unintended pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg develops outside of the uterus
- Perforation of the uterus and other organs
- Migration of the device inside the body
- Severe menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding
- Vaginal infection
- Bloating and fatigue
- Hair loss
- Chronic pain
- Unexpected weight gain
- Revision surgeries
Thousands of women have been permanently and severely injured as a result of product defects with the Essure birth control device. Any woman that is considering having the Essure device implanted as a permanent birth control option should exercise extreme caution and speak to their doctor about the potential risks associated with this dangerous medical device.
Henson Fuerst is Here to Help
If you or a loved one suffered any of the above side effects after receiving an Essure birth control device, Henson Fuerst is here to help. Call us today at (919) 781-1107 or fill out a free consultation form online.
When you contact Henson Fuerst, you will speak with one of our experienced North Carolina Defective Medical Device attorneys absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected. Henson Fuerst has extensive experience standing up to defective medical device manufacturers on behalf of our clients. You can depend on our legal team to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.