The latest group of women seriously affected by Essure Permanent Birth Control System recently added their voices to the growing chorus of concerns about the medical device, which has been linked to perforated organs, severe pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and more.
“[My doctor was] like, ‘You need to have whatever you have inside your body taken out,’ ” Lorena Llamas, recalled of a November 2016 visit to an obstetrician-gynecologist. “I didn’t want any more kids, but I also didn’t want to completely lose the hope. At that moment in time, that was the loss of hope.”
Llamas received the birth control implant seven years prior. After years of dealing with serious health concerns including what she described as blood clots the size of her hand, her husband rushed her to an emergency room. Her doctor, the obstetrician-gynecologist informed her that she would need a hysterectomy to remove the device.
“The moment I woke up from anesthesia, I was a completely different person,” Llamas said. “It was like I was reborn.”
At this point, more than 41,000 women have shared their stories dealing with Essure, and an estimated 17,000 have filed lawsuits against the device’s manufacturer, Bayer. While Bayer continues to deny any issues with this product – which it pulled form shelves earlier this year – the evidence against these claims continues to grow.
“This is a medical device that was released prematurely, and there’s simply not enough data to know for certain (if it’s safe),” said Dr. E. Scott Sills, a reproductive endocrinologist in Carlsbad, California, who has removed hundreds of Essure implants. “It’s designed to cause inflammation. I think that the inflammation in some women becomes systemic.”
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our Houston medical device injury attorneys understand just how much damage Essure has caused to unsuspecting women across the globe. If you suffered serious side effects from this form of permanent and non-reversible birth control, then you may be able to take legal action. Call our offices today to discuss your options with a member of our firm, or send us your information through our online form and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.