Essure is a birth control method that promises to be effective, safe and a permanent solution for women who do not want to have more children but do not want to have expensive and invasive surgery. But unfortunately, Essure has been causing women a variety of problems, some very severe and causing long-lasting issues.

Some women are filing lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacturer of Essure. If you have received this form of birth control, you may be eligible for compensation. Our firm is handling these cases and would be glad to talk to you. Initial consultations are free.

Emerging problems

Media outlets began publishing and airing stories about problems with Essure a few years ago. In a story documented by women’s magazine Cosmopolitan, a North Carolina woman noted that she has severe pain and other issues that began after she had Essure implanted. She bounced around among doctors, getting sicker and sicker, until she finally found information online about Essure and realized that it might be causing the problems. She had her uterus removed, and her problems slowly began to go away. You can read her story here.

Some women are even campaigning in social media to have the device removed from the market. In November, a Congressman in Arizona even introduced a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to stop allowing Essure to be sold and marketed in the U.S. There are even groups on Facebook for women to collectively share their stories of how they were harmed by Essure.

FDA is examining Essure

It's because of stories like this, and accounts from physicians across the country, that the FDA is re-examining Essure and other birth control methods like it, which are called Permanent Hysteroscopically-Placed Tubal Implants Intended for Sterilization. It was first approved in November 2002. The FDA reports that it has received 9,900 reports of problems with the device since then. Nearly 7,000 complaints were abdominal pain. Some of the reports are due to a nickel allergy, the FDA indicates.

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it was requiring Bayer to conduct new clinical studies and that the FDA would place what’s called a “black box” warning on Essure products, and require new patient/doctor communication when Essure is recommended to a patient. But Essure is still allowed to stay on the market, and Bayer has more than a year to conduct and conclude the clinical studies. If you’d like to comment on what should be included in the black box warning, you can do so here.

If you’ve received Essure as a birth control measure, we encourage you to act now. Call our experienced attorneys at (270) 781-6500 so that we can discuss your potential case with you. The initial consultation is free.