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Essure, tubal ligation alternative, under fire for injury reports

If you have ever used the Essure birth control device, you may be working with your attorney to fight back and claim for the injuries you've suffered. The product itself has injured many, and now it has been the center of an FDA review that will look into complaints and see what the real problem is.

Victims have allegedly asked to remove Essure from the market because of its dangers; a number of women have complained that the device, which can be inserted at a doctor's office and can be used as an alternative to tubal ligation, has caused many issues for them including miscarriages, serious injuries, and severe pain.

How many people have been affected so far? It's hard to say exactly, but estimates state that over 4,500 patients and doctors have made complaints about the product. One woman claimed she was bleeding almost constantly from the device, and she lost a substantial amount of hair. She claims she missed out on much of her life because of having to stay home sick.

Others have claimed that the device cut into their organs when it was inside the body, putting them at risk of complications. So far, around 750,000 women have had the device implanted in their bodies, making the risk to patients a serious concern to the FDA and the company that now produces and sells Essure, Bayer. The FDA review will be the start of a process that could remove the product from the market due to safety, if it's found to be too dangerous for use in humans.

Source: WXYZ, "WATCH LIVE: FDA holds hearing on Essure birth control device," Sep. 24, 2015

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