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ESSURE - Corporate Malpractice and Medical Negligence! 1000s of women suffering!
20 Nov 2017
20 signatures
Category: Product
Target: Bayer, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Government, Parliament, Implanting Authorities, Health Professionals, GPs, patients.

Please sign and share this campaign if you believe you are one of the many women who have been caused debilitating health conditions (see below*) as a result of the Essure permanent birth control implant. Please come forward and share your stories and pictures. By signing this campaign you:

  • Indicate you would be interested in legal action and/or joining a media campaign.

  • Understand that your personal information will not be shared save for the purposes of taking legal action with your consent.

  • Can rest assured that you can use an anonymous username so that your identity is protected if you do not wish it to be disclosed just to warn others and provide evidence on the public campaign.


This campaign is to:

1) Raise awareness so that other women do not suffer the same distress and alert others who may as yet be unaware of the side effects,

2) Stop Essure being administered! It is still being put in people to run down existing stock knowing full well it’s a massive safety issue. This is why it’s been taken off the market!

3) Call for an investigation how the Essure even made it onto the market in the first place? What were the trials and quality control? Where is the evidence of its safety before putting it in women’s bodies.  Why did the manufacturer, Bayer, not recall these implants?

4) Call for investigation into why the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) did not tell implanting authorities that the CE Mark had been incinded. Their lack of response has left thousands in physical, mental, emotional, psychological and financial anguish.

5) Call for compensation for those who’ve been made to suffer through medical negligence.


*  Debilitating health conditions - caused by Essure implant:

Swelling

Physical pain

Brain fog

Fatigue

Depression

Immune system problems

Back ache

Anxiety

Panic attacks

High blood pressure

Headaches

Fibromyalgia

Irritability

Mood swings

Rashes

Problems with teeth

Marital distress

Loss of Libido

Pelvic pain

Bloated stomach

Indigestion

Inability to work / loss of job

Having to have hysterectomy when the whole point of having the implant was to avoid such surgery! Impossible to remove the implants as tissue grows around the implants!


Please join the following Facebook Groups if you haven't already as there you will find a wealth of support from those who know only too well what you are going through.


Problems with Essure UK and Ireland


Essure Problems


Life after essure UK and Ireland support group



Jan’s story:

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/woman-says-sterilisation-implant-left-13426316


Alison’s story:


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I'm in my late 30s now and had Essure fitted in 2014. I haven't got kids, I've never wanted children and nor does my partner, so sterilisation seemed like a better option than being on hormonal contraceptives until menopause. It sounded simple enough - plumbing work, really! I did ask what it was made of, and was told "the same things they use in replacement joints - surgical steel, nylon, things like that".


Maybe for ladies who have had kids, it's easier - but for me, the insertion was so painful I was screaming, crying and begging them to stop. Eventually, the consultant gave up saying that bleeding was obscuring her view, and that she would try again under a general anaesthetic. They wheeled me back to the ward, crying. It felt like somehow it was my fault that the insertion had been so unpleasant, and ultimately unsuccessful. I still have nightmares about it.


A month or so later, the insertion was done while I was knocked out, and apparently all was well. Not long after that, I moved to Devon, but when the appointment came through for the HSG (the scan that checks Essure is properly placed) I had no option but to head back up the M5 for it. My GP in Devon had never heard of Essure.


The HSG was also horribly painful; I was in tears, but this scan can't be done under anaesthetic because you have to move around on the table, so I had no option. The results were good and I was told Essure was effective. At this point I was quite happy.


A few weeks later though, I started to get pains. It felt a bit like period pains, so I ignored it. Gradually though they got worse, and I picked up a couple of cases of BV too, and thrush, and I began to stress out. My GP tested me for everything, even suggesting I had an STD despite being in a steady relationship - I was clear, but I was given antibiotics "just in case". By now the pain was also in my lower back. It felt like kidney pain; like they were hot, heavy little stones, so the GP suspected a urinary infection. Despite the antibiotics, it didn't clear up, and a dip test showed nothing. Sex hurt - but then, I avoided it, just in case I had something infectious. I was beginning to think all kinds of things. My poor partner was doing his best to remain stoic, but he must have been worried sick too.


My GP noticed that the pelvic pain was mainly on the right side, and postulated appendicitis - but ruled it out thanks to a lack of fever. We were both baffled, and it was at around this point that I started to read up on Essure. The doctor had referred me for a pelvic ultrasound scan, but the referral could take months to come through.


Having done a bit of reading, and found the Facebook groups, I grew worried. I decided that rather than wait, I would pay to have a scan done privately. I went to a clinic in Exeter - it cost about £100. The Essure implants showed clearly on the screen and the nurse asked said "what the hell are they?". I explained that they were blocking my fallopian tubes, that they were a new kind of sterilisation. She looked worried. "No way are those in your tubes," she said.


Well, now I was really scared. Who wouldn't be? I drove straight back home and to my GP, and handed in the scan photos with a request for an urgent referral to a gynaecologist.


Again, after consideration, I realised referral would take weeks, and I was worried that if these things weren't in my tubes, that would be an infection risk. They could poke or tear anything inside me and I have enough medical knowledge to know that a punctured bowel would be really problematic. I'd had time off work thanks to the pain, and when I was there, I would be dosed up on painkillers and hugging a hot water bottle, and I would often spend evenings after work kneeling in front of the sofa, head in the pillows, crying from pain. I needed to get this sorted out, fast.


So, I paid to see a consultant privately, a man a colleague had recommended. He was pragmatic - he had heard of Essure, and of the bad press surrounding it, but was inclined to believe that it was all blown out of proportion. So I asked him what else would cause this level of pain, and did he see anything on the scans that would do it? He said no, the scans were in his view normal, and that the nurse at the ultrasound clinic had merely misinterpreted them because she was unfamiliar with Essure. Well, if the scans were clear, what was causing the pain? He said it could be endometriosis, but that the treatment would be the same - hysterectomy was the simplest option and he'd put me on his NHS list.


That was what I wanted. I asked if he could assure me that the implants would be removed intact, and retained. He said that although the laparoscopic hysterectomy he planned used a morcellator (basically, a tool for grinding up lumps so they come out easily!), he used it inside a bag, so there was no danger of debris being carried elsewhere into the cavity. He also promised that the camera would spot the devices first and he would remove them before the morcellator chewed them up anyway.


In spring 2016 I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy at Exeter. The surgery went well - the surgeon said nothing seemed amiss at all, inside - and I healed fine apart from an infection in the largest wound, which took a little longer to heal as a consequence. I would be off work for 8 weeks - in the end I worked at home for the last four. I was lucky; my employers were not only understanding, but horrified. I offered to take the leave unpaid and they refused.


When I felt better, I started considering legal action. I had undergone major surgery, when all I wanted was to be sterilised! I went to one of the two firms who were handling Essure cases. They believed initially that I had a case. However they changed their minds after commissioning a report by another gynaecologist, who, working off only my medical notes, said that he believed that even if the risks had been properly explained to me, I would still have gone ahead with Essure.


That, to me, is insulting. He said that there could have been a case to answer for medical negligence, as there had been no counselling as promised, and the implanting hospital had used the wrong consent form. No mention was made about what they had said about the materials used in Essure - I suppose that's my word against theirs. The report said that if I hadn't been "unduly alarmed" my the nurse at the scan, I would probably not have blamed Essure - and that my pain was most likely due to the cessation of hormonal contraception. I found that disappointing - I've never had anything worse than mild period cramps and I've changed contraception (and stopped it) in the past without issue. Incidentally - one implant was removed intact and disposed of, contrary to my wishes. The other was indeed morcellated. I have never seen photographs or video of the operation even though the surgeon promised me these would be taken.


That doctor, who has never met me and never spoken to me, made the assumption that even if I had been better informed, I would have taken an identical decision and still had Essure fitted. His assumption means that I have no legal case. I find that incomprehensible. I've given up on legal action now, so I am dedicating myself to raising awareness instead. I know that compared to some ladies, I've had an easy time of it, so I consider myself very lucky in that things could have been far, far worse.


* * * * * Bayer's slogan is: Science For A Better Life. * * * * *

HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME.



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Please sign and share this campaign if you believe you are one of the many women who have been caused debilitating health conditions (see below*) as a result of the Essure permanent birth control implant. Please come forward and share your stories and pictures. By signing this campaign you:

  • Indicate you would be interested in legal action and/or joining a media campaign.

  • Understand that your personal information will not be shared save for the purposes of taking legal action with your consent.

  • Can rest assured that you can use an anonymous username so that your identity is protected if you do not wish it to be disclosed just to warn others and provide evidence on the public campaign.


This campaign is to:

1) Raise awareness so that other women do not suffer the same distress and alert others who may as yet be unaware of the side effects,

2) Stop Essure being administered! It is still being put in people to run down existing stock knowing full well it’s a massive safety issue. This is why it’s been taken off the market!

3) Call for an investigation how the Essure even made it onto the market in the first place? What were the trials and quality control? Where is the evidence of its safety before putting it in women’s bodies.  Why did the manufacturer, Bayer, not recall these implants?

4) Call for investigation into why the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) did not tell implanting authorities that the CE Mark had been incinded. Their lack of response has left thousands in physical, mental, emotional, psychological and financial anguish.

5) Call for compensation for those who’ve been made to suffer through medical negligence.


*  Debilitating health conditions - caused by Essure implant:

Swelling

Physical pain

Brain fog

Fatigue

Depression

Immune system problems

Back ache

Anxiety

Panic attacks

High blood pressure

Headaches

Fibromyalgia

Irritability

Mood swings

Rashes

Problems with teeth

Marital distress

Loss of Libido

Pelvic pain

Bloated stomach

Indigestion

Inability to work / loss of job

Having to have hysterectomy when the whole point of having the implant was to avoid such surgery! Impossible to remove the implants as tissue grows around the implants!


Please join the following Facebook Groups if you haven't already as there you will find a wealth of support from those who know only too well what you are going through.


Problems with Essure UK and Ireland


Essure Problems


Life after essure UK and Ireland support group



Jan’s story:

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/woman-says-sterilisation-implant-left-13426316


Alison’s story:


avhscan1


avhscan2


I'm in my late 30s now and had Essure fitted in 2014. I haven't got kids, I've never wanted children and nor does my partner, so sterilisation seemed like a better option than being on hormonal contraceptives until menopause. It sounded simple enough - plumbing work, really! I did ask what it was made of, and was told "the same things they use in replacement joints - surgical steel, nylon, things like that".


Maybe for ladies who have had kids, it's easier - but for me, the insertion was so painful I was screaming, crying and begging them to stop. Eventually, the consultant gave up saying that bleeding was obscuring her view, and that she would try again under a general anaesthetic. They wheeled me back to the ward, crying. It felt like somehow it was my fault that the insertion had been so unpleasant, and ultimately unsuccessful. I still have nightmares about it.


A month or so later, the insertion was done while I was knocked out, and apparently all was well. Not long after that, I moved to Devon, but when the appointment came through for the HSG (the scan that checks Essure is properly placed) I had no option but to head back up the M5 for it. My GP in Devon had never heard of Essure.


The HSG was also horribly painful; I was in tears, but this scan can't be done under anaesthetic because you have to move around on the table, so I had no option. The results were good and I was told Essure was effective. At this point I was quite happy.


A few weeks later though, I started to get pains. It felt a bit like period pains, so I ignored it. Gradually though they got worse, and I picked up a couple of cases of BV too, and thrush, and I began to stress out. My GP tested me for everything, even suggesting I had an STD despite being in a steady relationship - I was clear, but I was given antibiotics "just in case". By now the pain was also in my lower back. It felt like kidney pain; like they were hot, heavy little stones, so the GP suspected a urinary infection. Despite the antibiotics, it didn't clear up, and a dip test showed nothing. Sex hurt - but then, I avoided it, just in case I had something infectious. I was beginning to think all kinds of things. My poor partner was doing his best to remain stoic, but he must have been worried sick too.


My GP noticed that the pelvic pain was mainly on the right side, and postulated appendicitis - but ruled it out thanks to a lack of fever. We were both baffled, and it was at around this point that I started to read up on Essure. The doctor had referred me for a pelvic ultrasound scan, but the referral could take months to come through.


Having done a bit of reading, and found the Facebook groups, I grew worried. I decided that rather than wait, I would pay to have a scan done privately. I went to a clinic in Exeter - it cost about £100. The Essure implants showed clearly on the screen and the nurse asked said "what the hell are they?". I explained that they were blocking my fallopian tubes, that they were a new kind of sterilisation. She looked worried. "No way are those in your tubes," she said.


Well, now I was really scared. Who wouldn't be? I drove straight back home and to my GP, and handed in the scan photos with a request for an urgent referral to a gynaecologist.


Again, after consideration, I realised referral would take weeks, and I was worried that if these things weren't in my tubes, that would be an infection risk. They could poke or tear anything inside me and I have enough medical knowledge to know that a punctured bowel would be really problematic. I'd had time off work thanks to the pain, and when I was there, I would be dosed up on painkillers and hugging a hot water bottle, and I would often spend evenings after work kneeling in front of the sofa, head in the pillows, crying from pain. I needed to get this sorted out, fast.


So, I paid to see a consultant privately, a man a colleague had recommended. He was pragmatic - he had heard of Essure, and of the bad press surrounding it, but was inclined to believe that it was all blown out of proportion. So I asked him what else would cause this level of pain, and did he see anything on the scans that would do it? He said no, the scans were in his view normal, and that the nurse at the ultrasound clinic had merely misinterpreted them because she was unfamiliar with Essure. Well, if the scans were clear, what was causing the pain? He said it could be endometriosis, but that the treatment would be the same - hysterectomy was the simplest option and he'd put me on his NHS list.


That was what I wanted. I asked if he could assure me that the implants would be removed intact, and retained. He said that although the laparoscopic hysterectomy he planned used a morcellator (basically, a tool for grinding up lumps so they come out easily!), he used it inside a bag, so there was no danger of debris being carried elsewhere into the cavity. He also promised that the camera would spot the devices first and he would remove them before the morcellator chewed them up anyway.


In spring 2016 I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy at Exeter. The surgery went well - the surgeon said nothing seemed amiss at all, inside - and I healed fine apart from an infection in the largest wound, which took a little longer to heal as a consequence. I would be off work for 8 weeks - in the end I worked at home for the last four. I was lucky; my employers were not only understanding, but horrified. I offered to take the leave unpaid and they refused.


When I felt better, I started considering legal action. I had undergone major surgery, when all I wanted was to be sterilised! I went to one of the two firms who were handling Essure cases. They believed initially that I had a case. However they changed their minds after commissioning a report by another gynaecologist, who, working off only my medical notes, said that he believed that even if the risks had been properly explained to me, I would still have gone ahead with Essure.


That, to me, is insulting. He said that there could have been a case to answer for medical negligence, as there had been no counselling as promised, and the implanting hospital had used the wrong consent form. No mention was made about what they had said about the materials used in Essure - I suppose that's my word against theirs. The report said that if I hadn't been "unduly alarmed" my the nurse at the scan, I would probably not have blamed Essure - and that my pain was most likely due to the cessation of hormonal contraception. I found that disappointing - I've never had anything worse than mild period cramps and I've changed contraception (and stopped it) in the past without issue. Incidentally - one implant was removed intact and disposed of, contrary to my wishes. The other was indeed morcellated. I have never seen photographs or video of the operation even though the surgeon promised me these would be taken.


That doctor, who has never met me and never spoken to me, made the assumption that even if I had been better informed, I would have taken an identical decision and still had Essure fitted. His assumption means that I have no legal case. I find that incomprehensible. I've given up on legal action now, so I am dedicating myself to raising awareness instead. I know that compared to some ladies, I've had an easy time of it, so I consider myself very lucky in that things could have been far, far worse.


* * * * * Bayer's slogan is: Science For A Better Life. * * * * *

HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME.



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Latest signatures
Annabel (20 Nov 2017)
Stella (19 Nov 2017)
"I had Essure fitted 11th sept 2013 worse mistake of my life! My symptoms started very next day my whole life changed over night. I was having palpitations, couldn't get out of bed, I felt so ill I was unable to think I had memory loss metal taste in my mouth I felt like was being poisoned I felt like someone had drugged me and I was dying!!! I had tubes removed 4 weeks later I had a very bad recovery and felt ill for along time and still had problems i ended up having hysterectomy 6mnths later although I'm a lot better I still suffer with some symptoms and everyday is a challenge. I will never be the same person again thanks to this product thanks for ruining my life Essure!!!!"
JessicaR (19 Nov 2017)
Brandie (18 Nov 2017)
"I had essure implanted in September of 2012... After about a year I started having severe pelvic pain and pressure, everyday migranes, bowel problems, decaying teeth which were perfect before, and bleeding constant bleeding with bowel movements, intercourse, even coughing to hard! It put a strain on my life, my children's life and my marriage! I had my hysterectomy November 15th 2017 and other than the pain from surgery the other issues have vanished... Essure was the worst decision I had ever made! I'm grateful it has been removed!"
JanetteH (17 Nov 2017)
TMurray (17 Nov 2017)
"I had Essure in 2013 as a healthy mother of 4. Within 18 months of having Essure my pains were that bad that I couldn't walk. I had a both tubes removed to remove Essure and I now have fibromyalgia and endometriosis. None of this I had before Essure. I am now on prostap injections and awaiting confirmation to have a hysterectomy. I am 37."
Lisa-Rodgers (17 Nov 2017)
"I was affected unbearablely.Ive had a hysterectomy to remove essure,all fine now "
SariAnneli (17 Nov 2017)
"Essure device is REALLY dangerous. Never should proven by FDA. Doctors don't listening the patientes and BAYER hidden the Truth about it. Mine 1coil perforated up to the powel cavity,fragments was left behind. 2 coil was cutting and pul it,fragments left behind. Still suffer after 41months..."
Gemma-Holder (17 Nov 2017)
"I had essure fitted in 2007 (all 4 of them) I am now on waiting list for total hysterectomy including cervix as I have fibroid, diffuse adonomyosis, noduralites, my womb is irregular shape and the size of a 14 week pregnant womb.. if I'm spelling these correctly, I'm also waiting for a biopsy result.. I was fine before essure!!"
Dio (16 Nov 2017)
"i went to ER yesterday and found out my right coil migrated and is just painfully in my pelvic region. I'm in soo much pain. Gyno is scheduling me for surgery ASAP #stopessure #Essure #essurehell"
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