In November 2002, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new type of permanent birth control. This birth control method, known as Essure, provides permanent birth control for women without a surgical procedure. Essure is a pair of metal coils that are implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. The coils cause inflammation and scarring, which causes the fallopian tubes to seal shut and prevents future pregnancies.
But What Are the Risks?
Since 2013, the FDA has reportedly received thousands of complaints from women who have been hurt by Essure. According to U.S. News and World Report, these women claim that they have suffered one or more of the following significant medical conditions:
- Mood disorders.
- Weight gain.
- Hair loss.
- Irregular bleeding.
What Is the FDA Doing About This?
In September 2015, the FDA had a public meeting regarding Essure. During the meeting, many women urged the agency to recall this form of birth control, and an outside panel of experts suggested that more information was needed about allergic reactions to the device.
In November 2015, the FDA indicated that it was currently reviewing information from women who have suffered adverse reactions and from the outside panel of experts. It is not currently known whether additional warnings or a recall will be issued. The agency has told the media that it currently plans to release its findings about Essure to the public in February 2016.
What Should You Do If You’ve Been Hurt?
If you have been injured by Essure, then the FDA findings are important and may be relevant to your recovery. However, you will have to take specific actions in order to protect your rights. To learn more about what you can do, please start a live chat with us today and schedule a free, no obligation meeting with an experienced defective medical device attorney.