What is Essure?
Essure was marketed by Bayer to women as a safe, effective alternative to other forms of permanent birth control, like tubal ligations. Unlike more invasive alternatives, Essure was a non-surgical solution to permanent birth control. Two permanent, metal coils were inserted through the vagina and cervix and placed in each fallopian tube by a physician. The entire process could take as little as 10 minutes and did not require general anesthesia.
Bayer Hid Safety Problems with Essure
Despite Bayer’s representations to doctors and the public that Essure was a safe, effective form of permanent birth control, the company knew many women were likely to experience serious side effects and complications.
As with other birth control implants, some women experienced complications related to the device moving out of place or breaking. Additionally, some women developed allergic reactions to the nickel-titanium alloy material in the metal coils, which, once in the body, was released into the patients’ body.
Common Essure Complications
Symptoms of a nickel-related allergic reaction include rash, itching, and hives. If you are currently using Essure and are experiencing these symptoms, you may be in danger of facing detrimental side effects.
In addition to allergic reactions, Essure can cause other complications, including:
- Pain/Abdominal Pain
- Heavier/ Irregular Menstruation
- Weight Fluctuations
- Device Breakage
- Dyspareunia (pain with sexual intercourse)
- Malposition of the Device
Martin Baughman’s Essure Lawyers Can Help
Contact our Essure Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. For a free, no obligation initial consultation with the Essure Lawyers at our law firm, please call (214) 761-6614 or email us at MBinfo@martinbaughman.com.