Warning – those of you using contraceptive devices – pay attention.
According to a recent CBS news report, a Ventura County mother says that her permanent contraceptive device, Essure, has caused her excruciating pain.
The report stated that for three weeks out of a month, she was hunched over with extreme stomach pain. She went from doctor to doctor for almost a year and none could determine what was wrong. When she took matters into her own hands and researched her condition online, she discovered that 1,800 women also were experiencing similar symptoms.
Essure is a form of permanent contraception which is supposed to be less invasive and more effective than having the Fallopian tubes tied. During this procedure, which does not require surgery, a pair of coils is inserted into a woman’s Fallopian tubes, prompting tissue to grow around the coils and seal the tubes. Supposedly, the woman may feel some cramping, but will be okay to go on with her business.
Recently the woman had a hysterectomy and once the coils were out of her body, her pain disappeared.
According to Bayer, which makes Essure, about 750,000 women use this device. The FDA approved the product in 2002 and gave it ‘preemption’ status, which means women who experience negative symptoms cannot sue the manufacturer.
Because so many women have experienced similar symptoms with this device, it would be appropriate for the FDA to conduct an investigation and remove the manufacturer’s preemption status. By not doing so, it will violate the rights of the women who believed they were receiving a safe product.
If you have this device inside you and are experiencing pain or other symptoms, contact a personal injury attorney who has been successful in product liability cases. Call the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney to discuss your options and legal rights.
No one should have to walk around in pain.