Birth control is a daily consideration for millions of women worldwide. While there are daily forms of birth control like the birth control pill and other forms like the IUD, these are non-permanent forms that can be discontinued or removed when a woman decides to have children. However, some women do not want hormones, nor do they want to have to undergo the surgery to remove their reproductive organs or tie off their fallopian tubes. Many of these women turned to a form of birth control they were assured was safe and effective, only to suffer numerous side effects. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to warn these women, as Click 2 Houston reports.
Tens of thousands of women who have had the Essure implant for birth control have been complaining of debilitating side effects the drug causes.
Janie Garcia considered having her tubes tied after the complications she experienced during her fifth pregnancy. Her doctor recommended Essure, a device that resembles coils that naturally block the eggs from entering the fallopian tubes.
Immediately after the procedure, Garcia knew something was wrong. What her doctor described as natural and hormone free was causing immense pain, headaches, rashes, and back pain. It was so bad that Garcia eventually had the coils removed and had a traditional hysterectomy.
11,000 women have reported similar adverse reactions to the FDA through 2017.
In 2016, the FDA administered a box warning on the device. The warnings advised patients and doctors of the chances of persistent pain and allergic reactions to the device. Use of the device fell by 70%.
On April 9th, the FDA took the box warning a step further by restricting the sale of the device and requiring that patients sign a document acknowledging that they are aware of the risks the device presents.
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