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Essure Birth Control Device Linked to Serious Side Effects, Deaths

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the permanent birth control device Essure after thousands of reports of adverse events including the death of four women and five fetuses. U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro spoke out against Essure, saying she was “deeply disturbed by reports from women about severe adverse health effects they have suffered …” and called for Essure to be pulled from the market. There is now pending legislation calling for the FDA to withdraw its approval for use of Essure, which would allow women suffering side effects from the device to sue the manufacturer.
Essure is a pair of small metal coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes, creating scar tissue that seal the tubes and prevent pregnancy. The device may break apart or migrate out of the fallopian tube, sometimes puncturing organs and causing internal bleeding. There are also reports of severe pain, nickel poisoning, serious infections, loss of hair and teeth, unplanned pregnancies, and corrective surgeries, including hysterectomies.

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