After 14 years on the market, thousands of women implanted with permanent contraceptive device Essure have come forward with concerns about the device’s side-effects. Manufactured by Bayer HealthCare, Essure works by blocking sperm to a woman’s fallopian tubes using small implanted nickel-based coils.
Krystal Donahue, a mother from Maryland who suffered painful complications after receiving the device, has spoken out about her experience with Essure. She felt constant pain in her side, exhaustion, and, as a busy mom, couldn’t sustain her normal routine. After hearing from many women about their complications from Essure, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) has turned to the FDA to push the agency to pull Essure off the market in the form of legislation dubbed the “E-Free Act.” Though the FDA has conducted reviews of Essure’s effectiveness, it remains on the market, much to the dismay of 5,000 women who have raised concerns about the device.