Is Essure the Evil Twin of the Mirena IUD?

July 6, 2015
Is Essure the Evil Twin of the Mirena IUD? The lawsuits being filed by women nationwide, who have suffered serious side effects from the Mirena IUD, are well publicized, especially by law firms involved in the litigation. The device marketed by the pharmaceutical giant Bayer Healthcare has been blamed for injuries and other issues, due mainly from the migration of the implanted device. There is, however, another IUD marketed by Bayer called Essure that is producing claims of serious complications and injury very similar to the Mirena. The Essure intra-uterine device first appeared on the market 13 years ago and was accepted widely by women who did not want to have additional children. Due to the reported complications mirroring the Mirena IUD, Essure is now under FDA investigation. So the question lies, is Essure the evil twin of the Mirena IUD? The FDA gave the device a quick green light back in 2002 because it was considered a safe method of sterilization without surgery. The device is simply planted into the uterus and fallopian tubes and the buildup of a mucous barrier prevents the traveling of sperm to the eggs, preventing conception. Over the next 11 years, since the introduction of Essure, there were 943 reported side effects by women. Pain was the leading complaint followed by hemorrhaging, headaches, irregular bleeding, fatigue and weight gain. Complications were also reported which were the same as those reported with the Mirena IUD. These numbered as follows:
  • Migration within or outside the uterus (116 cases)
  • Patient Incompatibly (113 cases)
  • Device operating improperly or differently than expected (73 cases)
  • Repositioning (46 cases)
  • Breakage (37 cases)
An alarming amount of complaints totaling 16,047, were filed with Conceptus, the original manufacturer in 2011 through 2013, after the majority interest was acquired by Bayer, according to a citizens petition. The FDA has received over 4000 complaints and is being actively pressed by women who have suffered from the device, to have it removed from the market. If you are a woman who has had the Essure, Mirena or any other Intra-uterine device implanted, it is imperative that you check periodically for the presence of the attached wires. It the wires are no longer present within the vagina, this is a sign the the device has begun to migrate. In that case you should seek medical help immediately. If you experience any abdominal pain, abnormal bleeding, fatigue or headaches, see your ObGyn right away. Essure Lawsuits are Being Filed Several Essure lawsuits have been filed against Bayer by women who have suffered from the use of the device; some receiving serious injuries. The numbers of cases involving the Essure device do not number nearly as high as those involving the Mirena, but they are growing and expected to continue. There are an estimated 750,000 in use worldwide. In one case a women was forced to undergo several surgeries, including a hysterectomy, after the device migrated and broke apart. In another case, a 28 year old woman, who was part of a trial group for the device, filed a one million dollar suit against Bayer, after suffering debilitating fatigue and joint pain along with painful menstrual periods, preventing her from keeping a full time job. The suit is for lost wages and medical bills along with pain and suffering. If you have suffered injury due to the use of the Essure, Mirena or any other Intra-uterine device, you should seek the advice of a bad drug attorney. The attorney can determine if you have a case against the manufacturer or medical provider entitling you to a cash award. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (833) 606-DRUG [3784] References:

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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