Essure is a contraceptive device that is inserted into a woman’s fallopian tubes to create a physical barrier preventing conception.
Since it was introduced, thousands of women have come forward complaining that the device didn’t work, resulting in unwanted pregnancies. In some cases, women have experienced ectopic pregnancies, where the egg fertilizes in the fallopian tube rather than moving to the uterus, putting the mother’s life in danger.
Other women have reported having the device move to their abdomen, pain in their pelvic region, rashes, and perforation of their fallopian tubes.
The Food and Drug Administration has attributed five fetal deaths and four adult deaths to the use of Essure. Some users claim Essure’s manufacturer knew of the side effects but didn’t disclose them.
The FDA hasn’t ordered a recall, but angry users are pressuring the authorities to act. Users who’ve suffered complications have created a Facebook group with nearly 25,000 members, and a bill is pending in Congress to remove Essure from the market.
Lawsuits against Essure’s manufacturer are difficult, because Essure is a “Class III device.” That means it went through a high level of scrutiny during the FDA approval process, and can’t generally be the subject of a lawsuit. But a number of women are now going to court and claiming that the manufacturer committed fraud during the approval process, which could invalidate its “class III” status.
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