The FDA recently announced that they will be updating the list of complications associated with the birth control implant Essure, as well as holding a hearing on September 24th to evaluate the defective product further.
This update comes after more than five thousand complaints poured in due to long-term adverse side effects associated with the device, including: “ectopic pregnancies, unintended pregnancies resulting in severe complications and miscarriages, pelvic complications, pain, migration of the metal inserts through the fallopian tubes into the abdomen, puncture of the uterus, perforation of the fallopian tubes, hemorage, organ damage, fatigue, depression, weight gain, menstrual irregularities, headaches, rashes, itching, severe pelvic pain, and even death.”
The Essure device is comprised of a set of metal coils that are implanted inside a woman’s Fallopian tubes. Once inserted, the device is supposed to cause a chronic infection, which leads to the creation of scar tissue. This scar tissue around the coils will eventually close the Fallopian tubes, thus causing sterilization.
In February, the administrator of an anti-Essure Facebook group, Angela Desa-Lynch, brought information to light about the problems she and countless other women have encountered with Essure.
According to reports, at least five women died as a result of Essure implantation, as well as five fetuses. Women also reported perforated organs, coil migration into organs, fetuses becoming disfigured, pain, depression, suicidal thoughts and exhaustion.
Essure was originally manufactured by Conceptus and given an FDA approval in 2002. Bayer purchased Conceptus in 2014 and continued production. Bayer continues to stand behind its product; however, they also stated they welcome the discussion in order to provide a better, safer product to their customers.
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