Approximately 750,000 women turned to Essure, expecting it to be a safe, nonsurgical form of permanent birth control. More than 16,000 of them have since filed lawsuits, reporting adverse effects in association with the device.
From 2002 to 2015, the FDA received nearly 10,000 reports from doctors and patients regarding Essure. In 2016, the FDA required Essure to add a black box warning, the highest level, to its label.
Complications associated with Essure include:
- Abdominal/pelvic discomfort
- Perforation of internal organs
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Fetal death
Some have needed invasive surgeries to remove the device to be relieved of their complications. Additional surgeries, such as a hysterectomy, have been required for some patients when the device breaks.
Thousands of women have signed a Citizen Petition, requesting that the FDA retract its approval of the device. Essure is currently the only permanent birth control device approved by the FDA.
In July 2018, the manufacturer announced that they would no longer be selling Essure in the United States. In 2017, they stopped selling it in all other countries.
If you or a loved one have experienced complications in association with Essure, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Call the personal injury lawyers of Hupy and Abraham immediately at 800-800-5678 for a free consultation.