Bayer’s Essure sterilization device has been linked to thousands of injuries, including severe allergic reactions, chronic pain, organ damage, and even death. Over 16,000 lawsuits have been filed by women who were injured.

Essure Doctors Paid Millions by Bayer

From August 2013 through December 2017, Bayer paid 11,850 doctors $2.5 million related to Essure for consulting fees and similar services, according to an analysis by CNN. Click here to read more.

Bayer Stops Selling Essure in U.S.

July 2018 — Bayer will stop all sales of Essure implants at the end of the year, making the U.S. the last country where the controversial device was still sold. Bayer stands by the safety and effectiveness of Essure, and claims it was a “business decision” based on a 40% drop in sales.

Essure Linked to Safety Risks

Doctors are warning about serious safety problems with Essure, a permanent non-surgical sterilization implant made by Bayer.

Essure consists of a nickel-titanium coil coated in polyester that is placed in a woman’s fallopian tubes, where it elicits an inflammatory reaction. Over several months, scar tissue closes off the fallopian tubes.

Since it was approved by the FDA in 2002, over 10,000 women have reported severe side effects. One woman suffering from chronic pain told NPR:

“All of a sudden it hurt to have to move my body to get out of bed, to do anything. It feels like you’ve been hit by a truck every day of your life. For me, it’s been a nightmare. I mean, this device literally ruined my life.”

In September 2015, the British Medical Journal published a study showing that 2.4% of women who got Essure needed follow-up surgery, compared to 0.2% of women who underwent traditional “tube tying” procedures — a 10-fold increased risk. The FDA is now investigating safety issues with the device.

Essure Side Effects

  • Hysterectomy
  • Migration of device outside of fallopian tubes
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Fracturing of the device
  • Perforation of fallopian tubes
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Unwanted pregnancy


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