Essure Contraceptive Sparks Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Making the decision to have children is a highly personal matter. There are a variety of contraceptive devices currently on the market that can assist women and couples in choosing the right time for them. Unfortunately, not every option available is safe for every woman, and it is important to be aware of the potential side effects that could put your overall health and your ability to have children in the future in jeopardy. While there have been medical malpractice claims over the damages that result from using the Essure birth control aid, this product and other potentially dangerous contraceptives remain on the market. The following is important information about the dangers associated with Essure and other types of contraceptives, as well as information regarding medical malpractice claims that could help you gain compensation for those who have been injured.
Potentially Dangerous Forms of Birth Control
According to birth control fact sheets from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health, every form of contraception has its pros and cons, as well as side effects that can impact each woman differently. While many birth control methods can produce symptoms such as weight gain and mood fluctuations while requiring a period of not using the aid before attempting to become pregnant, others have potentially serious and even life threatening side effects that should be discussed at length with your doctor. These include the following:
- Birth control pills: Increased risk for high blood pressure, blood clots, and stroke
- Contraceptive injections, such as Depo Provera: Increased risk of bone loss or osteoporosis, while some studies have cited increased breast cancer risks
- Implantable rods, such as Implanon: Risk of ovarian cysts and severe depression resulting in suicidal tendencies
- Intrauterine devices (IUD), such as ParaGard and Mirena: Risk of uterine tears, infertility, and pelvic inflammatory disease
- Sterilization implant, such as Essure: Debilitating pain and risk of ectopic pregnancy
The above are just some of the possible side effects that have been shown to occur. As with any drug or medical device, there are always additional symptoms and health concerns that individual users may experience.
Essure Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The Essure implant has come under increased scrutiny after a number of women were reported to have suffered severe side effects involving the device moving out of position within the body, resulting in organ damage. A March 2016 Huffington Post report on Essure lawsuits states that over 5,000 women reported severe adverse reactions to the implant over a two year period, prompting legal action against the manufacturer and increased product warnings from federal officials. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires a ‘black box warning’ to be included on the device, warning consumers of risks that can result in permanent damage to the uterus or fallopian tubes, as well as permanent sterilization.
Get Help From a South Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury or illness as the result of a defective medical device or contraceptive aid, contact our experienced South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys today. At Anastopoulo Law Firm we provide the aggressive legal representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable for the injuries you have suffered, so that you can get the compensation you deserve.