July 6, 2017 — San Diego, CA. Women from around the world are coming forward to talk about their negative experiences with Essure, a permanent birth control. For most women, the only option to relive the constant pain is to have a hysterectomy. Please read the following information before you decide to get Essure.
What are Essure Birth Control Coils made of?
The Essure device consists of two small metal coils that are placed inside each fallopian tube. The metal coils are made of an outer nickel titanium alloy coil and an inner stainless steel coil. Wrapped around the inner stainless steel coil are PET (polyethelene) fibers.
The PET fibers stimulate the growth of scar tissue by acting as an irritant to the fallopian tubes. The inner coil holds the PET fibers in place while the outer coil is intended to act as an anchor and hold the entire device in the fallopian tubes.
Bayer’s Essure product contains polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers. It’s well known that PET fibers are dangerous to our bodies, but it was still approved by the F.D.A.
One manufacturer of PET has published a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that warns against the use of its products in medical procedures that require implants in the body.
It clearly states: “CAUTION: Do not use in medical applications involving permanent implantation in the human body”
So why does Bayer still market this device, when they clearly knew PET fibers are dangerous in this internal birth control device?
What is a nickel allergy?
A nickel allergy is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, which is an itchy rash that appears when your skin touches a usually harmless substance. Nickel allergy is normally associated with earrings and other jewelry, and can be found in everyday items such as coins, zippers, and even cellphones or eyeglasses.
Nickel allergies can affect people of all ages and usually develops after repeated or prolonged exposure to items containing nickel. Approximately 10-20% of the population is sensitive to nickel. Once a nickel allergy is developed, you will always be sensitive to the metal and need to avoid contact.
If you have a nickel allergy and you’re exposed to a nickel-containing item, the allergic reaction, or contact dermatitis, normally begins within 12 to 48 hours after exposure. This reaction may continue for as long as two to four weeks. Some nickel allergy signs and symptoms include:
- Rash or bumps on the skin
- Itching, which may be severe
- Redness or changes in skin color
- Dry patches of skin that may resemble a burn
- Blisters and draining fluid in several cases
How is a nickel allergy linked to Essure?
The Essure insert is made of materials that include a nickel-titanium alloy. Once the inserts are placed inside the body, small amounts of nickel are released from the inserts. Women who are allergic to nickel could potentially have a severe allergic reaction to the inserts.
According to a study reviewing reported adverse events associated with nickel hypersensitivity in patients with Essure implants, the suspected nickel hypersensitivity is small, but is reported as very painful and severe. Reports were reviewed from 2001 through July 21, 2010 and over 650 patients results were tested.
Are there lawsuits against the manufacturer of Essure?
Yes. The first lawsuit was filed in a Philadelphia court against the manufacturer of Essure in 2014. Despite falling under the FDA’s preemption provision, which says certain medical devices approved under the agency’s premarket approval program are exempt from product liability lawsuits, a Philadelphia judge allowed several lawsuits to proceed in court last March. Since then, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by women harmed by the controversial birth control device.
If you or someone you love has suffered from Essure, please contact us today for a free case review. There may be substantial cash awards from this Essure lawsuit.