Essure Birth Control
Essure is a small, flexible coil insert made from a nickel and titanium alloy. During an Essure procedure, one coil is placed into each fallopian tube. Over a three-month period, scar tissue forms around the inserts, creating a barrier that prevents contraception.
Essure gained FDA approval in 2002. Since its approval, women have reported nearly 15,000 Essure-related adverse events and at least 30 Essure-related deaths to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
From 2015 to 2016 alone, the FDA received 11,192 adverse event reports. The most commonly reported problems were:
- Pain, especially abdominal pain
- Heaver menses/menstrual irregularities
- Weight fluctuation
- Device incompatibility
- Device migration or breakage
- Allergic reaction to nickel
- Device not operating as expected
- Malposition of the device
- Unintended pregnancies, including ectopic pregnancies
- Fallopian tube, uterus, and colon perforation
In addition to these side effects, Essure is reported to have caused at least 26 deaths, including four adult deaths, miscarriages, and infants that died shortly after birth. A more recent analysis of Essure adverse events indicates that the device may have caused more than 300 fetal deaths.
If you or a loved one has had the Essure birth control device implanted and are experiencing side effects, please contact us at (504) 526-2222 today for a confidential, no-obligation consultation.
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