Women claim popular birth control ruined their lives, call on FDA to remove it from market

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Thousands of women across the country are asking the FDA to take Essure off the market.

Essure is a non-surgical, non-hormonal permanent birth control, and is 99.8 percent effective for women who don’t want any more kids.

However, after experiencing severe side effects and even getting pregnant, KFOR reports that some women question the safety of the popular birth control.

How it works

Essure is inserted into the Fallopian tubes, where tiny metal coils are implanted by a gynecologist. After several months, uterine tissue grows into the metal coils, blocking conception.

Side effects

Some of the side effects have included joint pain, chronic fatigue, weight gain, heavy menstrual cycles, migraines, hot flashes, hair loss and severe pain.

Many women also have Essure coils which have migrated to other areas of their bodies, cutting through internal organs in the process.

'Most excruciating pain'

Sarah Payne got the Essure coil implants in 2010. Though the procedure is supposed to be relatively painless, Payne said it was the most excruciating pain she’d ever felt.

“It was like a ripping.” Payne said. “When you stand up it feels like someone’s taking your muscles or your insides and trying to pull them apart. It would take me to the floor.”

She believes inflammation from the metal coils sent her into early menopause.

After calling her doctor and others to report the trouble and severe pain, they all suggested a hysterectomy.

“He said, ‘Your only choice is to have a hysterectomy, and then we’re going to put you on bio-identical hormones.’ And all I could think about was more pills.” Payne said.

Victims speak out

Victims of Essure have come together on Facebook, posting pictures and sharing nightmare stories about their side-effects of what they call "e-hell."

Activist Erin Brockovich also joined the fight by launching a website for women who have suffered because of Essure.

The company that invented Essure, Conceptus, is now owned by Bayer, and claims that they did rigorous testing before releasing their permanent birth control implant.

Conceptus got premarket approval (PMA) which preempts future lawsuits, meaning that women who have injuries because of Essure have no way to get compensation from the company.

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6 comments

  • Mishelle Moore

    Premarket Approval came from the FDA back in 2002. Before the 5 year study was completed…. As a matter of fact they had followed only 5 women for 3 years at the time of approval. None of this was ever revealed to patients or doctors. We (The Essure Problems Facebook Page) only learned of it by reading the 300 + page transcript of the original meeting. Through our research we have learned a lot about Essure that was never revealed. (EG it is made of nickel titanium and carcingenic PET FIBERS.. and is Nothing like the heart stents our doctors told us they were like.) I urge anyone who wants to know more.. whether you have Essure already.. or are thinking about getting Essure to find the Essure Problems Facebook page, the Washington/Oregon E Sisters Support page, or Erin Brockovich’s page (essureprocedure.net)…

  • Christine Elmer

    i had this done 2 years ago and so far I have less menstrual issues, no weight gain, no pain. I’m not saying women don’t have these issue from this but I did want to put out that other birth control gives me awful side effects this one doesn’t. I’m happy with the product. For you that have suffered, I’m so sorry for you! I hope you get what you are seeking, whether that me monitory compisation or just pain relief!

  • Amy

    How about not putting into your body at all. We weren’t made to put things in us like that at all. So now people get all sue happy and want to blame companies for something THEY THEMSELVES chose to put into their bodies. DUH PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THIS!!!!

    • Mishelle Moore

      I wish there was a way to answer people like you.. unfortunately there really isnt. What i can say tho.. is be thankful that women like us went out there, made the mistake, are suffering the consequences, and are choosing to put ourselves out there so that women like you don’t have to get conned like we did.