Few birth control methods are permanent, but one, manufactured by Bayer, promised permanent birth control without invasive surgery. However, Essure turned out to cause thousands of women debilitating pain. In a move that the company said was unrelated to the thousands of pending lawsuits, the company removed the device from sale here in the United States earlier this year. Still, many women continue to endure the painful side effects the device has been shown to cause.
WREX reports on some of the women suffering from these side effects.
Latisha Montgomery of Rockford, Illinois and Ela Woolger of South Beloit regret the decision to get the Essure birth control device implanted.
Essure works by rendering the fallopian tubes impassible. However, some women, like Montgomery and Woolger have reported severe pain as a result of the device.
They are two of the thousands of women that are involved in class-action litigation against the manufacturer, Bayer.
Woolger experienced intense pelvic pain and numbness in her legs. Montgomery experienced debilitating back pain, hair loss, and the deterioration of her teeth. Both women blame Essure for their symptoms.
While many doctors say that Essure is an effective form of birth control for most women, the Food and Drug Administration took note of the complaints.
A statement posted on the FDA’s website says, in part:
“The device has been associated with serious risks including persistent pain, perforation of the uterus and fallopian tubes, and migration of the coils into the pelvis or abdomen. As the FDA learned more from patients about the serious adverse events associated with this device, we took a series of important actions to better understand the benefits and risks, and to address patient safety concerns.”
The device has a black box warning, one of the strictest warnings that the FDA issues.
Essure will be officially removed from the U.S. market at the end of the year.
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