Risks of Essure and Other Birth Control Implants
The quest for safe, reliable, convenient birth control has led many women to Essure and other birth control implants. Essure came on the market in 2002, and seemed initially to offer all of those benefits. Unlike the birth control pill, it didn't require a doctor's prescription or remembering to take a dose on a daily basis. Unlike tubal ligation, another form of permanent birth control, it didn't require surgery for placement. Initially well received, Essure seemed to do everything it promised.
But as of 2013, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had received nearly one thousand reports of adverse events related to nearly 1,000 "adverse event" reports related to Essure; about five hundred of those events were reported in 2013. Since the end of 2013, reports have skyrocketed, and there have been at least five thousand reports between the end of 2013 and mid-2015. There have been many more reports documenting the risks of Essure since that time and the time of this writing.
What are the Risks of Essure? And How Does it Work?
Manufactured by Conceptus, a company later purchased by Bayer Healthcare, Essure consists of tiny coils implanted in the fallopian tubes through the vagina. Scar tissue then forms around the implants, preventing sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs. Unfortunately, Essure has had a variety of unintended consequences, including migration from the site of implantation. As a result, women have experienced:
- Nickel allergy
- Menstrual irregularities
- Weight fluctuation
- Blood clots
- Perforation of fallopian tubes or uterine wall
- Extreme fatigue
- Chronic pain
Manufacturers have denied connections between their product and some of the reported problems. For patients, perhaps the only thing more frustrating than suffering ailments in connection with a birth control device is having that connection denied. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help "connect the dots" and get patients the closure and compensation they deserve.
Essure and Medical Malpractice in Oregon
The dangers of Essure and other birth control implants are increased if they are implanted by a doctor who has insufficient training with the device. Even a well-trained doctor may commit medical malpractice by failing to inform you adequately about the known risks of the procedure and device. If given thorough and up to date information, it is possible you would opt for a different form of birth control.
Essure has remained on the market despite the growing number of complaints with the device. If you have questions about whether Essure or another implanted birth device has caused you harm, you have only a limited period of time to make a claim. To learn more about birth control implants and medical malpractice in Oregon, and whether pursuing a case is right for you, contact Huegli Fraser to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
The information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. You should not make a decision whether or not to contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney based upon the information in this blog post. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. If you require legal advice, please consult with a competent medical malpractice attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.