Essure Lawsuit

Legal Action Related to Essure Contraceptive Device

Update: Bayer has agreed to a $1.6 billion settlement to resolve nearly 90% of the nearly 39,000 Essure Lawsuits in the United States. If you have suffered injuries due to Essure birth control, it is advisable to seek the counsel of an experienced Essure Lawsuit Lawyer.

Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits from women who suffered serious injuries from using Essure long-term birth control. Many women using Essure as a form of birth control have reported injuries ranging from perforated organs to broken devices. Despite these reports, Bayer did not recall the device but instead chose to stop selling Essure in 2018, a common practice for corporations facing consumer safety issues.

What types of injuries are eligible for an Essure lawsuit?

In order to qualify for an Essure lawsuit, it is necessary that you have received the device and experienced one of the following injuries:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, including cramping or sharp pain
  • Irregularities in menstrual cycle
  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Incompatibility of the device with the patient
  • Movement of the Device or its Components
  • Device Functioning Abnormally
  • Device Malfunction
  • Improper placement of the device
  • Perforation of Organs
  • Dyspareunia

Essure: What is it?

Essure is a non-surgical, permanent birth control method for women that involves inserting a coil to block the fallopian tubes through inducing fibrosis. Conceptus Inc., a subsidiary of Bayer, produces the device. However, the company failed to warn patients of potential side effects such as chronic pain, abnormal bleeding, puncturing of the uterus or fallopian tubes, stomach and pelvis device migration, and unplanned pregnancies. As a result, many women have chosen this method of birth control without being fully informed and subsequently suffered from these side effects. If you have been injured by an Essure device, don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with a qualified attorney.

Essure Side Effects

  • Ectopic pregnancy and increased risk of unplanned pregnancy
  • Uterine or Fallopian tube perforation
  • Device migration in the stomach and pelvis
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Device migration in the stomach and pelvis

Over 5,000 adverse reports related to Essure have been received by the FDA, with 3,300 of them pertaining to abdominal pain, over 1,400 to menstrual irregularities, nearly the same amount reporting unexplained headaches, and approximately a thousand mentioning fatigue and weight fluctuation.

Apart from these adverse effects, Essure has been linked to at least 26 fatalities, comprising four adult deaths, stillbirths, and newborns who passed away shortly after birth.

Device migration to the stomach and pelvis

This significant adverse reaction takes place when the Essure device moves from its original location in the fallopian tubes and travels to the abdominal cavity, pelvis or bladder by piercing through the uterine wall. This can lead to internal bleeding, intense discomfort and harm to various other organs like the bladder, intestines and numerous blood vessels. In certain cases, women may require numerous surgeries to locate and eliminate the device.

Essure Receives Warning from the FDA

Since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Essure has been associated with over 5,000 reports of injuries and complications. In 2016, the FDA added a boxed warning and Patient Decision Checklist to Essure labels to inform consumers of the potential risks associated with the device. The warning and checklist provide information on the expected outcomes of the birth control procedure, possible side effects, safety, effectiveness, and other relevant details.