There are various methods of ensuring birth control, and one increasingly common method is the Essure medical product. Essure is a small, flexible coil insert that is made titanium alloy and nickel.
The product is inserted into the body through a routine procedure, where the coil is placed in the fallopian tubes. After three months, scar tissue begins to form around the coil, preventing conception.
Essure has been approved by the FDA since 2002, yet it has been far from successful. There have been nearly 15,000 Essure-related medical events as well as at least 30 Essure-related deaths reported. In 2015 and 2016 alone, 11,192 events were reported to the FDA regarding this product.
The most commonly reported problems with the product include:
- Pain, primarily 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
Aside from harming the women that have Essure implanted, there have also been other consequences. The product is reported to have caused more than 300 fetal deaths. In addition to fetal casualties, there have been an additional 26 deaths reported including women and infants that passed after birth.
This is a dangerous product, and those who have suffered as a result of it may be eligible for compensation.