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Common Side Effects of Essure

October 17, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

If you are looking for an effective, permanent method of birth control, odds are, you have done your research regarding the available options. One of the names that you may have noticed is Essure. This birth control implant is comprised of metallic coils and is inserted into the fallopian tubes. Over time, scar tissue is supposed to form around the coils in order to blog the fallopian tubes and prevent insemination.

While there are many women out there who are happy with the results of Essure, there are a number of others who have had to deal with side effects associated with the contraceptive. Some of the side effects reported by users of Essure have short-term impacts, but there are also long-term damages that can develop. At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., we are dedicated to helping women who have had Essure implanted and have since had complications with the birth control device and suffered some sort of injury or pain.


There are a number of reports of perforation of the uterine walls or fallopian tubes with use of Essure. When this happens, it can result in excessive bleeding and the need for reoperation. This is most likely due to the metal coils pushing against the side of the uterine wall or fallopian tubes during insertion. The pressure may be enough to cause a tear.

Device Migration

The purpose of the Essure birth control device is to stay in the fallopian tube long enough to form scar tissue, but this isn’t always the case. If the device migrates from its intended position, it can end up in the pelvis or lower abdomen. This requires surgery in order to remove the device. If a woman has Essure and gets pregnant, they may experience an ectopic pregnancy — outside of the uterus — which can be a life-threatening situation.

Allergic Reactions

For some women, the Essure device may cause an allergic reaction. The coil itself is made of materials that include a nickel-titanium alloy. The immediate symptoms will show rashes, hives, and itching.

Other side effects may include cramping, pain, vaginal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, or pelvic / back discomfort. It is important to follow up with your physician if you are experiencing any side effects. Our national trial lawyers are dedicated to helping clients seek the compensation they deserve if they, or someone they love, was harmed by the Essure birth control. For your free case review and to discuss your possible case, call us today.