Essure Birth Control Side Effects
The Essure implant is a permanent form of birth control, where metal coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes, causing scar tissue to develop that is supposed to prevent sperm from fertilizing the eggs. While the procedure is often describe as “easy” and “worry free”, many women have been left with severe and debilitating injuries.
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential cases for women throughout the United States who have suffered painful and debilitating Essure complications, including:
- Excessive Bleeding
- Implant Migration
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Perforation of Organs
- Nickel Allergic Reaction
In many cases, women have required a hysterectomy to remove Essure coils or been left with other serious and long-term damages. To review a potential Essure injury lawsuit for yourself or a loved one, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Essure Procedure Complications
The Essure procedure involves implanting the birth control coils via catheterization, often in a doctor’s office or outpatient facility, without any hospital stay required.
It is designed to be less invasive than tubal ligation, requiring no incisions and no anesthesia. However, increasing evidence suggests that are serious risks associated with the Essure procedure that were not adequately disclosed by the manufacturer.
According to data released by the FDA, between November 2002 and May 2015, more than 5,000 adverse event reports involving Essure complications were reported to federal regulators, including:
- 3,353 Reports of Abdominal Pain
- 1,408 Problems with Menstrual Irregularities
- 1,383 Instances of Severe or Persistent Headaches
- 966 Reports of Fatigue
- 936 Reports of Weight Fluctuation
- 4 Essure Deaths
Most of the complications seem to appear after an Essure procedure, potentially caused by the device migrating out of position, puncturing internal organs or causing severe nickel allergy reactions.
▸ Essure Migration Problems
Migration of the Essure coils occur when the device moves out of position, or embed in other internal organs. If the coils are not in the proper place, then the fallopian tubes may not be fully blocked. This may result in an unwanted pregnancy, or potentially serious health risks for the unborn child. In many cases, these are ectopic pregnancies, where the fetus begins developing in the fallopian tube, which can result in life-threatening complications for the mother.
Another risk of Essure migration is the chance that the coils will go somewhere unwanted. Some women have reported suffering organ punctures, having the coil or coils pass out of the vagina, or having these metal coils move through the body cavity.
Migration problems from Essure can result in damage to other organs and often result in the need for a total hysterectomy.
▸ Essure Bleeding Symptoms
Another common problem reported as a result of Essure side effects is irregular bleeding.While the manufacturer warns that there may be some spotting and irregular menstrual activities for a short time after the device is implanted, some women have reported excessive amounts of bleeding from Essure. In severe cases, this may result in the need for hospitalization and serious medical emergencies as a result of blood loss.
In some cases, the Essure bleeding problems have continued for years, requiring the removal of the implants, psychological stress and trauma. Bleeding side effects from Essure may lead to a severe impact on the woman’s overall enjoyment of life, and there is no guarantee that the bleeding will stop once they are removed unless that removal involves a total hysterectomy.
▸ Essure Nickel Allergic Reactions
Many of the most serious complications associated with Essure actually involve an allergic reaction to nickel contained in the device. Essure nickel reactions may result in pain, headaches, fatigue and other problems that may not be immediately linked to the birth control implant.
For years, the manufacturer failed to adequately warn women or the medical community about the link between Essure and nickel allergic reactions.
In August 2011, Conceptus, the original manufacturer of Essure, convinced the FDA to remove nickel contraindications from Essure procedure instructions.
The label warning was removed following a September 2011 study in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, in which researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas indicated that Essure adverse effects linked to nickel hypersensitivity only likely occurred in 0.01% of cases at most. However, serious doubts about the findings of the study have been raised, following links between typical nickel sensitivity reactions and Essure adverse event reports, many of which the FDA does not consider linked to Essure because of either a lack of information or a lack of a direct, proven, causal link.
It appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the potential risk of Essure allergic reactions, yet failed to ensure that adequate warnings were provided.
▸ Essure Removal Procedures
In the event that a woman does have the Essure coils removed, in many cases it requires a total hysterectomy. This means that the woman is permanently sterile as a result. In addition, hysterectomies can cause their own problems and side effects, including hormonal problems and surgical complications.However, some Essure activists urge women considering the removal to see a specialist, as it may be possible to have them removed via partial hysterectomy, or a process known as a salpingectomy, which involves removal of one or both fallopian tubes.
While the Essure coils can be removed without any damage in some cases, instances involving Essure migration, where the coils are no longer located in the fallopian tubes, may require the physicians to locate the device elsewhere in the body. If the coils either cannot be found, or are in a location where removal is inadvisable due to health risks, women may be left in a position where Essure is not removable.
Essure Injury Attorneys
The law firm of Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., are investigating potential lawsuits by women who have suffered severe injuries as a result of Essure side effects. Financial compensation may be available as a result of the manufacturer’s sale of an unreasonably dangerous and defective form of birth control.
All cases are reviewed by our Essure injury attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our law firm. We only receive an attorney fee or reimbursement of expenses if we are successful obtaining an Essure settlement or recovery in your case.
If you, a loved one, or family member has experienced Essure procedure complications or had to have the coils removed, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.