Oct 22, 2015 5:30 PM

NH1 News Investigates Contraceptive Crisis: NH women push to have Essure contraceptive pulled from market


CONCORD - A popular form of birth control - that more than 750,000 women use - is facing severe public backlash.

The contraceptive device, Essure, is FDA approved and sold by Bayer, but now Congress is calling for it to be pulled from the market.

Last week, the FDA made what many people call a highly unusual move and held a public meeting on Essure in Massachusetts, where hundreds of women attended.

The devise is suppose to be a one-time procedure where doctors insert tiny nickel coils into a patient's fallopian tubes under general anesthesia.

But, that is when most women said the problems began.

"Basically I was told it was a no-brainer and there were no side-effects," said Danielle Quarantello, a woman attending the hearing.

The side effects of Essure include painful rashes, debilitating pain, allergic reactions and constant bleeding.

The FDA gave the product the green light in 2000, after only testing 600 patients and without a control group.

Other than debilitating side effects, some women even had the nickel coils shifting to other parts of their bodies and now are demanding answers.

"I had multiple organs that were attached to one another that had to be cut apart," said Maria Larsen.

Reports say five women have died related to Essure - though there is no evidence that the contraceptive has ever been linked to deaths.

All of the women who met at a conference to discuss the contraceptive are calling for Essure to be removed.

NH1 News Investigates Contraceptive Crisis Part 2 looks into what the FDA and Bayer have to say about the birth control device on Friday.


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