Women claim popular birth control has ruined their lives

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Thousands of women across the country are asking  the FDA to take Essure off the market.

Essure is a non-surgical, non-hormonal permanent birth control, and is 99.8 percent effective for women who don’t want any more kids.

However, after experiencing severe side effects and even getting pregnant, KFOR reports that some women question the safety of the popular birth control.

Here's how it works: Essure is inserted into the Fallopian tubes, where tiny metal coils are implanted by a gynecologist in the doctor’s office. After several months, uterine tissue grows into the metal coils, blocking conception.

Some of the side-effects have included joint pain, chronic fatigue, weight gain, irregular heavy menstrual cycles, migraines, hot flashes, hair loss, and severe pain.

Also, many women have Essure coils which have migrated to other areas of their bodies, cutting through internal organs in the process.

Sarah Payne got the Essure coil implants in 2010.

Though the procedure is supposed to be relatively painless, Payne said it was the most excruciating pain she’d ever felt.

“It was like a ripping.” Payne said. “When you stand up it feels like someone’s taking your muscles or your insides and trying to pull them apart. It would take me to the floor.”

She believes inflammation from the metal coils sent her into early menopause.

After calling her doctor and others to report the trouble and severe pain after getting Essure, they all suggested a hysterectomy.

“He said, ‘Your only choice is to have a hysterectomy, and then we’re going to put you on bio-identical hormones.’ And all I could think about was more pills.” Payne said.

Victims of Essure have come together on Facebook, posting pictures and sharing nightmare stories about their side-effects of what they call "e-hell."

Activist Erin Brockovich also joined the fight by launching a website for women who have suffered because of Essure.

The most surprising part about this whole issue with Essure is that none of these women have a chance at a lawsuit against the makers of Essure.

The company that invented Essure, Conceptus, is now owned by Bayer, and claims that they did rigorous testing before releasing their permanent birth control implant.

Conceptus got premarket approval (PMA) which preempts future lawsuits, meaning  that women who have injuries because of Essure have no way to get compensation from the company.

An expert in this area of law, Attorney Noble McIntyre calls this process “profits over people.”

“What the FDA says is if a product has gone through that level of premarket approval, and all the testing and all the literature, we the FDA say it’s safe. We (the FDA) approve it for use. Then that company has a product that is preempted from litigation, essentially exempted. You cannot sue them.” McIntyre told KFOR.

According to the FDA, about 750,000 women have the Essure implant. 943 have reported an adverse side-effect on FDA.gov.

The FDA took a closer look at the reported problems and found no direct evidence those problems were caused by Essure.

“Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002 and has more than a decade of research and development behind it. It does what it is intended to do, provide an important alternative to tubil ligation.” said Bayer spokesperson Edio Zampaglione. “The fact is, that the adverse events that have been reported on the news and online about Essure are known and are listed in the Essure product information.”

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  • april

    I had the essure procedure done in December 2008.since then I have experienced sever adominal pain abnormal cycles with heavy bleeding. I have sever pain to the point it makes me sick and I break out in sweats.There are times that I wake drench in sweat my bones in my legs and hips hurt so bad that it balls me up and I am in tears.I have had to have a D.N.C as well as digosticlaproscopy.The whole essure procedure is a freaking joke.yes it helps with not getting pregnant but is the long term effect of pain and suffering worth it?I would have to say no.I would rather take my chances of getting pregnant than to spend the rest of my life in pain and agony. F.D.A states there is no proof that essure is the cause of so many women’s problems, look at the numbers, the symptoms that each individual has , its funny how each one has the same issues and each one has the essure procedure done. What more proof do you need.It doesn’t take a rocket scientists figure that one out.The FDA is a joke.They thrive on people’s pain and suffering and only care about putting more money into their pockets and not the welfare of the people. In all rights they should have to payout of their pockets for what they’ve caused.They state they did extensive research but, its funny how they only studied it for a short period of time. If they’d done extensive research then they would know what the long term side effects of the procedure was after 5,10,15 yrs.now whats their excuse on that one.It should be taken off the market and they should have properly tested it before offering it to the public . Honestly did they themselves have the procedure done to find out the side effects or long term damage? I think not.we as women have rights and those rights have been violated for a product that was not properly test and that was not tested for the yrs it should have been before being distrusted to the general population of women.

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