Erin Brockovich Campaigns Against Essure Form of Birth Control

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Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 04:21 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Consumer activist Erin Brockovich is speaking out against Essure, a form of birth control that she says is harming women and should be removed from the market.

Brockovich set up a website to gather stories from women about the effects of the Essure implant, which is a coil implanted in the fallopian tubes that ultimately causes sterilization.

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More than 700,000 women have been implanted with the Essure coil, and about 800 have filed complaints with the Food & Drug Administration, ABC News said.

Complaints include headaches, nausea, abdominal cramping, and in some cases, perforation of internal organs by the coil that’s implanted

Brockovich wants Bayer, which markets Essure, to pull it from the market, ABC said.

“[Bayer] should care about the health and welfare of all people,” she told ABC. “Especially women and children in this country. If this many are reporting injuries, take it off the market. It's not working. These women were misled. They feel they were scammed.”

On the Essure website, Brockovich said women weren’t being told of potentially serious side effects from the implant.

“It is a woman’s right to decide for herself if she wants a certain form of birth control but when they are NOT told of the devastating side effects, well that isn’t right,” the website said.

A Bayer spokeswoman told ABC the company takes product safety very seriously and that women should be aware of any risks associated with birth control options. Studies done on Essure found that 2.9 percent of women it was tested on developed a perforated uterus, ABC said, and various other complaints were mentioned.

Brockovich is known for tackling consumer issues and was made famous by the film that bears her name, starring Julia Roberts, where she campaigned to save a community that was being poisoned by chromium-6.

Sadly, that California community of Hinkley, is still feeling the effects of the chromium-6 poisoning, even though Brockovich won a $333 million settlement from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the Mercury News reported recently.

The map designating the boundaries of the chromicum-6 poisoning has continued to expand and residents are still being affected, the Mercury News said.

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