Women Demand Controversial Birth Control Method Be Taken Off the Market

After thousands of complaints from women all over the country and five deaths associated with the controversial birth control device known as Essure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made an announcement on the future of the product.

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Essure is a permanent birth control device with coils that are inserted in the fallopian tubes to create scar tissue that blocks the tubes and prevents pregnancy. However, women worldwide have been reporting serious medical problems with Essure. They say the side effects range from hair loss to debilitating pain and constant bleeding. When the FDA announced on Wednesday it had an announcement on the birth control device, the women thought maybe, the product would be taken off the market. Instead, the FDA announced a public hearing would be held on September 24, 2015 and a warning would be added to the product.

While the the women who filed the complaints didn't get the response they were hoping for, they say this is a move in the right direction and they plan to attend the hearing.

Statement from Bayer:

"Bayer looks forward to an open and transparent discussion regarding Essure at the meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel on September 24, 2015. Bayer has been in regular communication with the FDA about the risk-benefit profile of Essure and the informational needs of both healthcare providers and patients.

"Patient safety is Bayer's top priority. Given there has been a great deal of interest in the safety of Essure among some patients, we welcome this open dialogue with healthcare providers, patients, researchers, representatives from professional societies, and other members of the public to review and discuss available data regarding the benefits and risks associated with Essure.

"Bayer is strongly committed to women having access to safe and effective birth control options. The only FDA-approved non-surgical option for women who have completed their families and want permanent contraception, Essure is supported by more than a decade of science and real world clinical experience."

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