Erin Brockovich is leading a campaign against Essure birth control. The sterilization procedure is blamed for causing injury and chronic pain. Brockovich wants the device removed from the market.
The Essure birth control device was developed by Bayer. It is marketed as an inexpensive and safe alternative to surgical sterilization in women.
The devices are inserted during an outpatient procedure. The flexible coils are introduced into the body through the vagina. They are led through the cervix, uterus, and into the fallopian tubes.
The entire procedure takes around 10 minutes. Women are usually free to return home within an hour.
Within three weeks, scar tissue forms around the coils, creating a natural barrier. The barrier prevents pregnancy by trapping eggs inside the fallopian tubes, where they are reabsorbed by the body.
As reported by the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, the procedure is one of the most effective forms of non-surgical birth control.
Unfortunately, numerous women have reported serious adverse reactions. Erin Brockovich says she has received thousands of letters from women who were harmed by the device.
Women report numerous symptoms, including headaches, nausea, allergic reactions, and chronic pain. Many women say they were never informed of possible adverse reactions.
As reported by ABC News, the women’s stories prompted Brockovich to begin a campaign against Essure. The prominent attorney founded a website where women can share their stories, find support, and sign a petition.
Brockovich wants Bayer to remove the device from the market. She says too many women have already suffered:
“There’s something wrong with the device, in my opinion… women’s organs are being perforated … We have thousands injured. I don’t think it’s safe.”
More than 700,000 women have received the devices. Over 800 have filed formal complaints through the FDA. Unfortunately, adverse reactions are often underreported.
Officials with Bayer contend that the product is safe. As reported by CBS News, Bayer says Essure “has high efficacy and low procedure-related risk, cost, and resource requirements.” They further explain that all medical procedures include the possibility of adverse reactions.
Erin Brockovich asserts that far too many women were harmed by the device. She urges women to share their stories at EssureProcedure.net.[Image via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com]