Essure was put onto the market as an alternative form of permanent birth control and was picked by many women because the implants are inserted without an invasive surgical procedure. However, according to the FDA, one of the risks of Essure is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy. In fact, the FDA has received numerous reports of unplanned pregnancies which have put both mother and unborn child at risk.
What Is An Ecoptic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches to a point other than the uterine lining. Typically this incorrect attachment occurs in the fallopian tubes, however, it can also occur in the ovary, the cervix, or even in the abdominal cavity.
Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous because the fertilized egg continues to grow, however, the space in which it has been implanted is not able to accommodate for that growth, especially the fallopian tubes. If left untreated, the tube will actually rupture, putting the mother at risk for infection, internal bleeding, and death.
Symptoms Of An Ectopic Pregnancy
If you have Essure and experience any of the following, visit a doctor as quickly as possible:
- Sharp Abdominal Pains
- GI Symptoms
- Heavy Bleeding
Your physician will perform several tests to determine if you are pregnant and if the pregnancy is ectopic. Treatments will vary depending on how far along the pregnancy has progressed, however, surgery is frequently required.
Can I File An Essure Lawsuit If I Had An Ectopic Pregnancy?
Yes, if you had an ectopic pregnancy after receiving Essure, you may be eligible to join the thousands of women who have filed a lawsuit against Bayer.
More than 18,000 Essure lawsuits have been filed, each alleging that Essure caused the plaintiff serious harm. Additionally, many plaintiffs are alleging that Bayer knew about potential complications but did not make these risks known to the medical community or the public.
These plaintiffs are hoping to recover compensation that will cover their medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and the emotional trauma that has been endured. The litigation is still in the early stages, but with help from an experienced legal team, you could also fight to recover compensation for your losses.
Is Essure Still Available In The US?
No. On December 31st, 2018, Bayer stopped all sales in the United States. While the company reported the decision was made due to a decline in sales, they had been facing extreme pressure from the public. In addition to this, the FDA continued to place tighter restrictions on the use of Essure.
Why Did The FDA Place New Restrictions On Essure?
In a statement released in 2017, an FDA representative shared a report which indicated that the administration had received more than 12,000 reports of complications with Essure. In many instances, the complications resulted in the need for the removal of the device. Sadly, the only way to remove the device is to perform a life-altering hysterectomy.
The complications were so severe that the FDA actually limited the sales of the device to doctors who promised to fully disclose any and all risks to patients. If the doctor fails to do so, they may face both criminal and civil penalties. This decision came as a complete shock to the medical community and the public because the FDA typically does not place such specific restrictions on individual doctors.
Why Should I Consult An Essure Attorney?
When you’ve been harmed by a medical device you need to focus on healing and moving forward, not learning the complicated ins and outs of the legal process. With an experienced attorney by your side, you are much more likely to obtain a settlement or successful verdict.
Our law firm will investigate your case, consult with medical experts, handle the legal paperwork, and aggressively defend your rights.