Essure Injuries: FDA Updates Risks of Permanent Birth Control Implant

July 18, 2015

Essure Lawsuit Watch – Update from the FDA

Under pressure from women who have suffered serious medical issues and injuries, the FDA on Wednesday updated the list of serious risks associated with the use of Essure, a non-surgical form of permanent birth control approved by the FDA in 2002.  The updated list of risks includes:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Migration of Essure inserts through the fallopian tubes into the lower abdomen and pelvis
  • Pelvic pain

Users of the Essure medical device have reported additional side effects not included in the FDA’s list.  Victims will have the chance to discuss those additional dangers at a September public meeting of the FDA’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel, where the risks and benefits of Essure will be under review.

Essure Explained

Essure is a metal coil that is inserted into the fallopian tube (typically, one Essure device is implanted in each fallopian tube).  The body naturally forms scar tissue around the coil, blocking off the fallopian tubes.  This prevents pregnancy effectively and permanently in most cases, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.  But many of the women coming forward have experienced serious health problems and say that they were not informed about the side effects.

Essure Injury – What Injured Users Should Know

As of July 2015, more than 5,000 adverse events related to use of Essure have been reported, including a large number in recent months.  If you or a loved one have suffered side effects or health issues that you believe stem from use of Essure, you should contact an experienced Ohio medical device lawyer immediately.  Essure lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations and therefore must be filed within the statutory period.

For a free consultation, call Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA at (216) 781-2600.

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