News of another death associated with the controversial birth control method Essure has some women fighting mad.
“I just wish that everybody would listen. This is so important – women’s lives, families depend on this,” Darlene Taylor told 7 Investigators. Taylor and Mesha Hodge, both of Michigan, are among dozens of women who have teamed up to try to ban the device to prevent other women from being injured by Essure as they have. Their efforts resulted in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety review. But instead of pulling the contraceptive off the market, the agency opted to place a black box warning on the device – its strictest warning possible.
Essure was approved by the FDA in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical, permanent birth control method on the market. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes to create a barrier preventing the sperm from fertilizing the egg.
Thousands of women have reported adverse events after being implanted with the device including allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, infections, pain and bleeding. The device can also migrate and perforate the fallopian tubes or the vaginal wall, and puncture other organs. Removal requires surgery, often resulting in hysterectomies.
Essure has also been linked to late-term miscarriages and a handful of patient deaths. The latest occurred last year during the insertion of the coils. “The patient coded,” the report shows. “Prior to coding the patient was noted to be shaking a lot and experienced generalized seizure activity.” An autopsy revealed that the woman’s uterus was punctured and there was a lot of blood pooled in her uterus.
“I just want to spread the word. I just want to save every single woman I can – every woman I don’t know and every woman I do know. I just want everyone to know how dangerous (Essure) is,” Taylor said.