Essure Side Effects, Complications, and Health Risks

Essure Side Effects. Why does Erin Brockovich want health authorities to ban Essure? Well, because the birth control method has many bad side effects, health risks, and complications.

Here’s what the famous woman, played in a movie by the even more famous Julia Roberts, is saying about Essure (via news.com.au):

“There are too many women harmed all by the same common denominator, and that is a device called Essure. How many women have to be harmed before we stop?” Ms Brockovich questioned. She stressed she felt the fact that 20,000 women had been harmed so far was being unfairly ignored. “I’d love to see the headline ‘20,000 men’s p*n*ses fall off’. I’m telling you, the world would stop,” she said.

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Preach it, sister!

And here’s another quote from Erin about the very bad Essure side effects (via BBC):

“It’s perforating uteruses; it’s perforating colons; it’s perforating the lining of the stomach. Some women have whole body scans – they don’t know where it is, because it’s just floating free in the body. One woman had the procedure and she ended up getting pregnant. She couldn’t have [the coil] removed and in the 25th week of the pregnancy it broke and migrated, perforating the amniotic fluid. The child didn’t make it.”

Essure Side Effects or Health Risks During Implantation. Please note that this list is not exclusive.

  • Mild to moderate pain.
  • A part of the device could break off when inserted. This is rare but it does happen. Your doctor may remove the piece or let it leave your body during your period.
  • The device may puncture the fallopian tube in which case a surgery may be necessary. Like device breakage, this is a rare occurrence.
  • Your body may absorb a large amount of the salt water solution used during the procedure.
  • Local anesthesia may be used during the implantation procedure. This numbs the cervix.

Essure Side Effects Immediately After the Procedure

  • Mild to moderate pain and/or cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic or back discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fainting
  • In rare cases, the device inserted may be expelled from the body
  • Spotting and/or infection during confirmation test

Possible Long Term Essure Side Effects or Risks.

  • Chronic pelvic pain possibly related to Essure
  • Essure insert migration to the lower abdomen and pelvis which may require surgery
  • No birth control method is 100% effective so there is a chance of pregnancy after completing the Essure procedure. Pregnancy is likely to be ectopic and the risks to you, the fetus, the pregnancy and childbirth are unknown.
  • Allergic reaction to nickel-titanium alloy used to make Essure insert. Symptoms include rash, itching and hives.

The above health risks and possible side effects are from the safety information section on essure.com.

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Meanwhile, a review by the Food and Drug Administration on problems reported by Essure users lists the following adverse events:

  • pain/abdominal pain (6989)
  • heavier menses/menstrual irregularities (3210)
  • headache (2990)
  • fatigue (2159)
  • weight fluctuations (2088)
  • patient-device incompatibility (2016) (for example, possible nickel allergy)
  • migration of the device or device component (854)
  • device operating differently than expected (490)
  • device breakage (429)
  • device difficult to remove (280)
  • malposition of the device (199)
  • device difficult to insert (187)

The review covered the day the birth control device was approved on 4 November 2002 to 31 December 2015. If you are an Essure user who experienced side effects or problems with the device, you might want to report your experience to the FDA – 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332).

Can you die because of the device? The picture is not clear on this matter. From the FDA review: “There have been 32 reports coded by the submitter as death. Six of these were incorrectly coded, as there was no indication of death in the report. Of the remaining 26, six relate to four adult deaths; 18 reports relate to 15 incidences of pregnancy loss; and two reports related to two incidents of a death of an infant after live birth.”

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Essure Side Effects, Complications, and Health Risks posted 6 October 2016. Latest update on 6 October 2016.