Unfortunately, an alarmingly large amount of women continue to report both short-term side effects, long-term side effects, and various levels of complications after having the Essure procedure. Patient reporting on these Essure side effects and Essure problems has increased steadily since 2013. After seeing the mass amount of complaints, many more women have spoken out to try and have their voices heard through FDA reports. Essure side effects and Essure complications that have been reported in patients who have the Essure device include include, but are not limited to:
Abdominal Pain and Cramping
Gas and Bloating
Arm Pain and Leg Pain
Headaches and Migraines
Severe Menstrual Cramps
Pelvic Pain and Lower Abdominal Pain
Vaginal Discharge and Infection
Loss of Sex Drive
Pain During Intercourse
Any Many More
Between 2002 and 2015, the FDA received 5093 formal complaints (or Medical Device Reports) from women with Essure birth control problems. The most frequently mentioned Essure side effects and Essure complications include: general pain, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles, headaches, migraines, general fatigue, and weight fluctuations.
Patients also continue to report issues with device incompatibility, nickel allergies, partial device migration, entire device migration, multiple device operations, device breakage, and mis-positioned devices. So far, 17 patient and infant deaths have been reported, 11 of which the FDA sees as a result from the Essure device. Adhesion disorders and organ perforation have also been cause for Essure removal. Adhesion disorders arise from scar tissue and involve the adhesion of two or more organs. Adhesions due to the Essure device may involve the bladder, the bowels, the pelvis, and other reproductive organs. Device migration typically results in the device moving into the uterus or bladder. Sometimes this only causes minor pain until the device can be surgically removed. However, some migrations have caused tissue damage and severe Essure side effects, requiring major surgery.
The medical explanations for these Essure side effects and Essure complications can vary depending on each and every patient. Some of the most common Essure side effects reported are pain, cramping, and abnormal bleeding. Essure side effects are likely all associated with the biomechanical effects of the device. Some of these Essure side effects may stem from changes in blood flow to the ovaries. Additionally, some women feel these Essure side effects due to the physical nature of the foreign Essure device that is unnatural to the body.
The fallopian tubes are sensitive to pressure and the insertion of any foreign device inside of the lumen of the fallopian tube. An example of this complication is a tubal spasm with the attempted insertion of the Essure coil into fallopian tube. When the Essure coil is inserted, the tube may spasm and either prevent the Essure coil from being inserted, draw the Essure coil into the tube farther than desired, or expel the Essure coil out of the tube. If the Essure coil remains in the tube, a patient can suffer from extreme pain as the fallopian tube attempts to expel the Essure coil with tubal spasms. Also, pain can occur as the Essure coil physically presses on the inside walls of the fallopian tube.
Furthermore, the Essure coil is designed secure itself into the fallopian tube by encouraging scar tissue to grow around it and block off the tube completely. These effect is encouraged by the existence of PET fibers in the Essure coil itself. Also, many women may experience an allergic reaction or autoimmune complications from the Essure device, as it is made from heavy metals and Nickel. Currently it is estimated that as many as 1 out of 5 women may be allergic to nickel, and skin testing for Nickel allergies can be unreliable. If the body develops an allergic reaction to the nickel in the Essure device, a patient may experience a poison ivy-type itchy rash or even arrhythmias. If the body develops this reaction to the device, many symptoms may be “secondary effects” of the presence of the device and the stresses that it causes on the body. We are currently working with the foremost experts in the nation to better understand exactly what effects the Essure device may have on the body and why.
We are dedicated to helping all women who have been harmed by the Essure product. We have filed lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of women across the country and are committed to driving the litigation aggressively until they receive the compensation that they deserve.
Our clients are also entitled to know the truth about the history of the Essure product and its effects on the body. Our goal is to uncover it for them. We have formed a team comprised of FDA regulatory experts, biomechanical engineers, metallurgists and database analysts to do just that.
Most importantly, we want our clients to get access to the best medical care possible and benefit from the most cutting edge procedures available so that they can solve these problems and move on with their lives.