Press Release: ESSURE VICTIMS AND SUPPORTERS RALLY AT THE REGIONAL PERMANENT BIRTH CONTROL MEETING IN HOUSTON, TX
July 19th, 2014 7:00am-4:45pm
Women injured by Essure are rallying to raise awareness of the hidden dangers associated with the product. The women rallying are members of the Facebook page Essure Problems (https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/Essureproblems/?fref=nf). This group is growing rapidly and now consists of over 8,700 members. Essure is a permanent, non-surgical trans cervical sterilization procedure for women. It is touted as being an easy 10 minute procedure, however it is far from easy and the procedure lasts longer than 10 minutes, but the damage can last a lifetime.
Doctors are implanting women with this device in lieu of performing a traditional tubal ligation. However, they are not truly aware of the serious lifelong side effects that these women will endure. Doctors are also not trained in the proper removal of the Essure coils, especially in cases of migration outside of the reproductive organs.
Houston, TX is one of the cities in which trials are currently taking place to test out the newest version of the Essure coils. The women rallying would also like to raise awareness to other women considering getting implanted with the Essure coils so that they are able to make an informed decision. They are also there to help educate the doctors, and speak about proper essure removal protocol.
These women also have an important ally in their fight against Essure; Erin Brockovich, a famous consumer advocate. Erin has created a website to inform the public as well on the dangers of Essure – http://www.essureprocedure.net/
Statement from Conceptus
Statement from Essure 2012:
The Essure® procedure has been FDA-approved and available in the U.S. since 2002 and more than 660,000 women worldwide have undergone the procedure. When performed properly and all protocols are followed, including a three-month confirmation test, Essure is 99.83% effective. While no form of birth control should be considered 100% effective, Essure is the most effective method of permanent birth control available based on a comparison of five-years of clinical data – making it even more effective than tubal ligation and vasectomy.
Following an Essure procedure, during the three-month waiting period until the woman receives the results of the confirmation test, she must continue to use another method as her primary form of birth control. At three months she must undergo an Essure Confirmation Test to verify that she is fully protected from unplanned pregnancy.
About the Essure Procedure
The Essure procedure, FDA approved since 2002, is the only surgery-free and hormone-free permanent birth control method that can be performed in the comfort of a physician’s office in less than 10 minutes (average hysteroscopic time) without the risks associated with general anesthesia or tubal ligation. Soft, flexible inserts are placed in a woman’s fallopian tubes through the cervix without incisions. Over the next three months, the body forms a natural barrier around and through the inserts to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Three months after the Essure procedure, an Essure Confirmation Test is given to confirm that the inserts are in place and that the fallopian tubes are blocked, verifying that the patient can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.