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Woman says Essure birth control caused chronic pelvic pain

Essure Woman says Essure birth control caused chronic pelvic painWhen Deidre Clark Futo went to her doctor complaining of menstrual problems, she was adamant about not wanting a hysterectomy. But something needed to be done about her menstrual problems and premenstrual syndrome. Her doctor recommended she undergo endometrial ablation (removal of the lining of the uterus) and be implanted with the Essure nonsurgical permanent contraceptive device.

Futo says she never agreed to the Essure implant. Yet, when she woke after the ablation procedure, she discovered she had been given the birth control method. It was the start of new problems for Futo.

Essure was approved in 2002 and remains the only nonsurgical birth control method on the market. The device consists of two alloy nickel coils that are implanted in the fallopian tubes where they are designed to build up scar tissue that acts as a barrier preventing the sperm from reaching the egg.

For the next 15 months after her procedure, Futo made repeated visits to her doctor to treat pelvic pain, during which she was prescribed seven rounds of antibiotics. With no resolution in sight, Futo sought a second opinion. That doctor recommended she undergo a hysterectomy. She had the surgery in February 2012.

Futo and her husband James filed a lawsuit against the physician who implanted the Essure device. However, a growing number of complaints against the Essure contraceptive device have raised safety concerns and resulted in dozens of lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare, makers of the Essure device.

The women have complained about a host of problems, including pelvic pain, autoimmune diseases, infections and allergic reactions. The coils have also reportedly migrated from the fallopian tubes and punctured or embedded into organs including the fallopian tubes or vaginal wall. Many women have had to undergo surgical removal of the coils and hysterectomies.

Source: Oconee Enterprise