Contraceptive device may have caused pregnancy-related injury
Nowadays, women in the Houston area have countless options when it comes to deciding their family size. While women of generations past generally had to rely on birth control pills for family planning, today there are more options and many different types of contraceptives. Since women rely on these medications or devices to prevent pregnancy, there can be dangerous pregnancy-related injuries if the products are compromised in any way.
Women who use the contraceptive Essure may be interested to know that a television news team in another state recently reported on their investigative findings concerning the device. Apparently, when Essure was manufactured by the company Conceptus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cited the makers for failing to report complaints about the product in a timely manner. As a result of two different inspections, one in 2003 and another in 2010, the FDA issued Form 483s, which are issued when an investigator observes findings that point toward a company's violation of FDA regulations.
Unlike birth control pills, Essure is a form of permanent birth control. However, unlike some other devices, Essure does not require surgery for implementation. Coils made of metal are put inside a woman's fallopian tubes, which are supposed to allow scar tissue to build up in the tubes and block the process of conception. Many problems with the process have been reported, from chronic pain in the pelvic region to rashes and bloating. The more severe effects have included ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and hysterectomies.
Essure is now owned by a different company, Bayer HealthCare, which purportedly has not received any Form 483s from the FDA since they purchased Essure last year. Still, according to media reports from 2013, women have continued to come forward with complaints about the device and many have stated they want the device off the market.
If a birth control device fails, despite being used as directed, a woman may face horrendous long-term consequences. If a woman doesn't know she is pregnant, she may drink alcohol, smoke or otherwise partake in habits that can be harmful to a fetus. At the same time, an unexpected pregnancy can push a woman or couple into making decisions that they never thought they'd have to make. Women who believe they may have been harmed by a manufacturer's negligence may wish to speak with an experienced Houston malpractice attorney for information about their legal options.