Essure Birth Control and Serious Injuries
Kids are a blessing but they are also a lot of work. Maybe your family is complete and you were looking for a way to prevent additional pregnancies. Or it could be that you have a fulfilling career and homelife and motherhood just isn’t for you. There are many reasons why women have looked to Essure birth control to prevent pregnancies, but now they need to be aware of the serious injuries that are being reported after using this potentially harmful medical device that was voluntarily recalled by Bayer in July 2018.
What They Knew
Essure birth control was put on the market by Bayer in 2002. One of the problems with this medical device is that it’s 55% nickel which causes an allergic reaction in approximately 20% of women. This allergic reaction triggers the immune system and presents like an autoimmune disease with rashes or eczema, chronic pain, brain fog, muscle weakness, hair loss and more. An additional problem is that Essure can break and migrate causing perforations to other tissues and organs causing pain and bleeding. Furthermore, there have been approximately 631 pregnancies and 294 miscarriages or stillbirths after using this product which proves that this device isn’t foolproof. Four deaths have also been reported that are being linked to the adverse effects of an Essure implant.
When The Knew It
Clearly Bayer knew their product was made out of nickel from the beginning and that this metal posed the potential for adverse immune reactions in the body. In 2012, a group of women demanded a meeting with the FDA to share their painful stories of how Essure robbed them of their health. In September 2015, a special hearing was conducted by the FDA who listened to the testimonies of 22 women describing how Essure complications affected their relationships, sex lives and everyday health. In February 2016, the FDA required that Bayer put a black box warning (the highest warning available) onto Essure and also now requires that doctors review a patient checklist which includes potential side effects and outcomes. Nevertheless, Bayer knew from the beginning that a large percentage of women were allergic to nickel and never warned or suggested testing to avoid these harmful results. Additionally, for over five years the FDA and Bayer knew that Essure was harming thousands of women and failed to warn others of the potential for pain, future surgeries and other complications.
What Can You Do?
Currently, more than 5,200 women have petitioned to sue Bayer because of the pain and suffering they endured due to Essure implants. If you are like these women, you may be able to make a claim against Bayer if after having an Essure medical device inserted you:
- experienced a perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes
- had your device migrate putting your health at risk
- had an unintended pregnancy
- endured hospitalization as the result of an allergic reaction to nickel
- had surgery to remove your Essure device – including a hysterectomy – or have a surgery scheduled to remove this device
Bayer continues to claim that this device is safe and that its market removal was due to low sales, but clearly Essure puts women’s lives and their future at risk. Sales were potentially low because of the number of studies that showed the ineffectiveness of Essure and the likelihood of additional surgeries due to complications.
It’s time that we speak out and hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their carelessness and the painful injuries that they are causing in countless women. You’ve undoubtedly suffered and may have high medical bills or have been unable to work and you lost needed wages. Please contact us today to see if you are able to get the financial compensation that is owed to you.