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FDA Advisers Addresses Concerns Over Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive

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Abi Reyes2 years ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is addressing concerns over a Bayer AG contraceptive device that is causing serious side effects.

About the Faulty Contraceptive

According to Reuters, Essure was approved in 2002 as Bayer AG's permanent contraceptive device. It blocks pregnancy through two nickel-titanium coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes.

Recent growing concerns over the possible side effects of Essure have prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review its risks and to possibly be restricted. 

Around 17,000 women who have problems with Essure are members of a Facebook group “Essure Problems”.  The group is run by Angela Lynch, who had her own problems with the device. Complaints range from chronic pain, heavy bleeding and fatigue to skin allergies.

Adverse Events Reported in Connection with Essure

The following information was provided by Medscape:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nickel allergy
  • Migration of the device
  • Perforated organs
  • Death

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