Hundreds who suffered after Essure coil could sue

When Essure was withdrawn from the UK market by the manufacturer in 2017, the UK medicines regulator said there was no risk to safety.

However, the contraception “has caused irreparable damage physically and mentally”, Lisa Lunt, who represents the 200 women and is head of medical-product claims at global law firm Pogust Goodhead, told BBC.

The permanent contraception device is a flexible metal coil placed inside fallopian tubes, triggering scar tissue.

This tissue then blocks the tubes to the ovaries to prevent pregnancy, the NHS explains.

While the device was marketed as a simpler alternative to sterilisation by surgery, some women said they suffered chronic pain and complications.

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Furthermore, some Essure users even had hysterectomies or the device removed altogether.

One woman, who had the device fitted at the age of 25, took to Reddit to share her experience.

The user penned: “I am a type 1 diabetic and not having surgery and not worrying about birth control seemed pretty awesome.

“But I have had years of severe pelvic pain and back pain. I can feel them poking me when I bend over.”

Other have described problems, including bladder incontinence, abdominal pain, heavy bleeding and more.

In a media statement, Bayer said their “highest” priority is the safety profile and effectiveness of their products.

It continued: “We have great sympathy for anyone who has experienced health problems while using any of our products, regardless of cause.

“The company stands by the safety profile and efficacy of Essure and will continue to defend itself from these claims vigorously.”

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The company said it had completed 10 clinical trials and more than 70 real-world observational studies.

It added that the “totality” of scientific evidence on the device demonstrated that the benefit-risk profile is “positive”.

Lunt hopes Bayer will agree to compensate the women who suffered adverse effects from the product.

Lawyers in England began legal action back in 2020 but now have permission to bring a group claim on behalf of 200 women forward.

Others wishing to join the group action have until 2024 to do so.

The pharmaceutical company is facing legal action around the world in relation to Essure.

Bayer has already paid out more than $1.6bn (£1.3bn) in the United States, to resolve claims from nearly 39,000 women.

The US Food and Drug Administration added that women who successfully use the device to prevent pregnancy “can and should continue to do so”.

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