FDA Receives Numerous Essure Injury Reports

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The FDA has received numerous reports of injuries and complications related to the Essure permanent birth control device. 

Severe abdominal pain. Rashes. Itching. Device migration. Organ perforation. No woman would ask for these symptoms, yet women around the country are experiencing them thanks to a defective medical device known as Essure. The device, designed to permanently prevent pregnancy, has been in the spotlight recently because of its failures. Not only are women getting pregnant in spite of having Essure implanted, but many are also seeing dangerous – and even deadly – symptoms related to the device.

Essure was created as an alternative to traditional sterilization processes like tubal ligation. The small, flexible coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes by a doctor with no surgery required. Over the span of a few months, tissue grows around the device, creating a blockage that prevents sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs. The initial procedure only takes about ten minutes, with a follow-up appointment held a few months later to determine the progress of the tissue growth. It sounds like an ideal alternative to getting your tubes tied, but Essure can have dangerous side effects.

Dangerous Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration reports that short-term risks related to the device include cramping, mild bleeding, and pelvic or back discomfort. Unfortunately, those symptoms are just the beginning for some women using Essure. Because it is made out of nickel, some people report itching and rashes related to nickel allergies. Shockingly, the flexible coils that make up the device have been known to break apart and travel throughout the body. Attempts to remove the broken implant can require multiple surgeries, and some women have needed their entire uterus removed.