Essure Birth Control Problems Prompt FDA to Act | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Numerous clinical studies confirm what many women have claimed about Essure, a permanent birth control device. Researchers found that women who used Essure had 10 times as many operations to fix problems as women who had surgery instead, according to NBC News. Data was analyzed from over 8,000 women who had an Essure device implanted and compared them to over 44,000 women who had standard surgery to block or “tie” their fallopian tubes. It turns out women who got the Essure device implanted routinely ended up in the operating room, anyway. The risk of having a second procedure was 10 times higher in women who got Essure than among women who had a laparoscopic procedure done, according to the NBC News article, which references the study published in the British Medical Journal.

FDA Finally Taking Action

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced actions to provide important information about the risks of using Essure and to help women and their doctors be better informed of the potential Essure birth control complications. The FDA issued a mandatory clinical study for Essure to determine heightened risks for particular women. The FDA will also require changes to product labeling, including a boxed warning and a Patient Decision Checklist to help to ensure women receive and understand information regarding the benefits and risks of this type of device. Basically, the FDA just required Essure to put a Black Box warning on their product.

ABC News Report on Horrific Essure Side Effects

Essure Birth Control Side Effects

Numerous women have complained of serious, debilitating Essure birth control side effects. The list of side effects includes, but is not limited to:

  • Perforation (i.e. cut) of the uterus or fallopian tubes from the device migrating
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Allergy or hypersensitivity reaction
  • Cramping
  • Sharp/Stabbing Pelvic Pain
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine cysts
  • Fallopian tube cysts
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Cervical Cancer/ Dysplasia
  • Hydrosalpinx (Fluid in the Fallopian Tubes)
  • Fallopian Tube Fibroids
  • PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)

What Exactly is an Essure Permanent Birth Control Device?

Essure is a birth control device that involves the insertion of flexible coils through the cervix and vagina into the fallopian tubes. Over a period of about three months, scar tissue forms around the inserts and creates a barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs, thus preventing pregnancy. But, as you can see above, the concept has not exactly delivered effective results for numerous women.

Essure Lawsuit – Understanding Your Legal Rights

If you or a loved one suffered complications and side effects after having an Essure birth control device implaneted, you may be able to pursue a civil claim for financial restitution. However, you need to speak with an experienced Essure birth control injury lawyer to determine your legal options. You need seasoned litigators on your side. Lawyers working for Essure have already tried to get multiple lawsuits kicked out of court under a “preemption” defense. Fortunately, a judge did not buy the argument and allowed the lawsuits to mvoe forward, according to

Time to Take Action – Contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp& Duffan Today

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