Having access to a reliable form of birth control is essential to the happiness and quality of life for many people in the United States. Essure Permanent Birth Control System is designed of two metal coils that are inserted by doctors inside the fallopian tubes. Bayer, the manufacturers of this device, claims that it is almost 100 percent effective when it comes to preventing pregnancy. However, thousands of women disagree and say, instead, that Essure injured them. They want the device removed as a method of birth control. These women have also filed lawsuits against Bayer.
Women Injured by Essure
The Essure Permanent Birth Control System was originally approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. In 2013, the original maker of the device, Conceptus, was purchased by the giant drug manufacturer, Bayer. This resulted in a merger of the two companies. Many women were excited about using Essure as a way to permanently prevent birth control. Over the device’s lifetime, over 500,000 women have used it do give them better control over their lives. The Essure Permanent Birth Control System involves a relatively simple process in which the patient’s doctor implants two metal coils inside the woman’s fallopian tubes. As the results of this implantation, the woman’s body forms scar tissue which prevents fertilization. The maker, Bayer, boasts that Essure is a permanent form of birth control that is not only noninvasive, but it is also almost 100 percent effective. Women also nearly always enjoy a rapid recovery from having the Essure implanted.
The women who are patients who have used Essure disagree, though. They allege that they have been injured by using Bayers’ Essure Permanent Birth Control Device. Not only have they been injured — perforated organs, severe pelvic pain, and autoimmune diseases are just a few of the injuries — as a result of their use of this device, these women say that it has now ruined their lives. Many of these women have taken to social media to tell their story so they can help prevent any other women from its devastating consequences. As a result of the connection, these women have built amongst themselves, they call themselves the “E-sisters” and connect within groups of like-minded individuals. One of these groups can be found on Facebook and goes by the name of “Essure Problems.” Currently, this group boasts 27,000 members. Sadly, its numbers continue to swell.
Since 2002, the FDA has received over 5,000 reports about the adverse effects of Essure. Many of these reports were lodged only after the giant drug manufacturer, Bayer, took over the handling of Essure. Due to their negative experiences with Essure, some women have decided to file lawsuits against the device’s maker, Bayer.
Why Women File Essure Lawsuits
Those women who have been injured by using Essure claim their health problems are being ignored. Also, many of these women allege that they were discriminated against by the FDA as well as their doctors. They further claim that Bayer did not warn them of the possibility of such serious side effects so that they could make an informed decision based on having all the facts. These women allege that Bayer is negligent as a result of its failure to tell them about the side effects.
Given their claims of having their health problems overlooked and having faced discrimination by those people and agencies that are tasked with the very job of protecting their health, it is no surprised that these women have turned to the legal system. This step could be the only way they can obtain the compensation that is rightly theirs due to their medical bills and their significantly diminished quality of life. In many instances, people feel like filing these lawsuits is the only way to stop the device makers from continuing to manufacture a device that causes so much pain and harm. Doing so sheds light on the problem and brings its existence to everyone’s attention.
Essure Birth Control Stories
One such woman, Kim Myers, told a reporter from BBC News that her doctor exerted significant pressure on her to obtain the device. After her doctor implanted the Essure Permanent Birth Control System inside her body, Kim’s life changed forever and took a sharp turn for the worse. For more than three excruciating years, Kim suffered from pelvic pain so severe that it threatened to overwhelm her. Eventually, Kim opted to have a hysterectomy so that the coils could be removed. The all-encompassing pain she felt strained her marriage and prevented her from doing many of those things that she enjoyed at the time including horseback riding.
To add insult to her injury, Kim was horrified by her doctor’s treatment of her. When she complained about the way Essure was making her feel, her doctor unceremoniously dismissed her claims, diminished her feelings and claimed that she must be hormonal since she was feeling that way. In fact, as Kim noted to BBC News, those words were nowhere close to the truth of the matter.
Unfortunately, Kim Myers is not alone in her suffering from the effects of Essure nor her treatment by her doctor and the medical profession on the whole. Currently, there are thousands of women who are standing up for their rights, as well as the rights of other women. These women claim the Essure Permanent Birth Control System was the cause of horrible pain and severe trauma. Furthermore, they allege that Bayer knew about the problem but failed to warn either their doctors or the women themselves.
What Do the Lawsuits Against Bayer Claim?
There are several serious charges levied by the women against Bayer in their Essure lawsuits. They claim that Bayer:
- committed fraud
- designed a product that was faulty
- willfully and knowingly concealed the dangers associated with Essure
- improperly trained doctors on the proper methods to use with Essure
- failed to warn the public about the possible risks related to using Essure
- breach of warranty — both implied and express
What are Some Complications that Women Have Claimed From Using Essure?
Just as no two women are alike, no two women present with the same roster of complications and symptoms. Regardless of that
fact, the following are the most commonly cited complications from using Essure:
- severe pelvic pain
- autoimmune disorders
- nickel allergies
- heavy periods
- weight fluctuations
- device displacement
Should You File an Essure Lawsuit?
Although Bayer is protected by preemptive laws, it is still in the best interests of women to file lawsuits against the device manufacturer. It is the only way to get the law overturned and possibly be awarded compensation.