Women across America are furious with the FDA [and Bayer], and nowhere is this sentiment louder than on Twitter, where patients are posting daily about the devastating effects on their lives of a permanent, non-hormonal contraceptive called Essure.
Approved by the FDA in 2002, Essure is a non-hormonal birth control device consisting of two metal coils that are implanted in the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from reaching the eggs. It’s supposed to be a less invasive alternative to tubal ligation (“getting your tubes tied”). The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and, assuming everything goes as planned, does not require any recovery time.
Despite being advertised as relatively painless, for thousands of women Essure has been anything but. Over the last decade and change, the FDA has received nearly 10,000 reports of adverse events related to Essure. According to the FDA’s website, the most commonly reported side effects are pain (mostly abdominal), heavy and/or irregular periods, headaches, and fatigue. There have also been more than 600 reports of pregnancies. Of these pregnancies, nearly half resulted in miscarriages.
Read more here at Treato.
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