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Black Box Warning Emphasizes Dangers of Essure® Side Effects

December 19, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Essure coilsWhen the United States Food and Drug Administration issued its decision to require a black box warning on the Essure® birth control, it opened the doors to criticism against the manufacturer. It also showed that there is a danger involved with the Essure® device that people are becoming increasingly aware of, especially involving the possible side effects. These side effects have been reported to include some of the following.

Migration and Perforation

Essure® is meant to be implanted in the fallopian tubes and to remain there permanently. However, in many cases, the Essure® coils have actually migrated from the fallopian tubes and perforated the uterus or other internal organs. Removal of the devices is necessary to prevent further injury to woman. Surgery to remove the Essure® may result in a hysterectomy or other abdominal surgery.

Change in Weight

Some women have reported experiencing changes in weight after receiving the Essure® birth control. The situations have differed with some women losing weight and others gaining weight. In either case, this can cause women physical and emotional distress as they endure the other potential side effects of the device.

Allergic Reactions

Essure® is two coils that are inserted in the fallopian tubes of the woman, allowing scar tissue to form around them and blocking conception. These coils are made of nickel, a metal to which numerous women may be allergic. This can cause an allergic reaction, resulting in the need for removal of the device through various types of surgeries.

Essure® birth control has also been linked to migration of the device, perforation of the uterus and other organs, malfunction, hemorrhaging, cramping, blood clots, infection, birth defects, menstrual irregularities, and more. Women who have suffered as a result of the defective device should learn more about some of their potential options and learn what type of action they may be able to take.

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