The Essure coil is a permanently installed female birth control device. In 2019, Bayer Pharmaceutical withdrew Essure birth control coils from the market due to the severe injuries caused by the metal implant. Still, many women have these devices in place.
What Is the Essure Coil?
The Essure coil is a device that was designed to be placed into the opening of the fallopian tube in the doctor’s office with no incisions and minimal downtime. The coil is made of nickel and other metals and coated in plastic. The coil allows it to attach to the inside of the tube and the plastic elicits an autoimmune response from your body to attack the coil thereby causing scaring which eventually blocks the tube and prevents pregnancy.
Problems With the Essure Coil
Essure is no longer placed because of many complications and side effects. Patients suffer from heavy periods and pelvic pain as a result of the inflammation produced by the coils. Many patients also suffer from autoimmune side effects because the plastic coating around the coils will continue to cause an immune response.
Typical side effects include but are not limited to: brain fog, joint pain, migraines, dental and hair problems, and gastrointestinal upset.
Removal of the Essure Birth Control Coil
Because the Essure coil is scarred in the tube and is very brittle to manipulation the only method to guarantee complete removal is to perform a hysterectomy with the removal of the fallopian tubes while they are still attached to the uterus. If attempts are made to cut the tube open and try to pull out the Essure; fragments of the coil will flake off and be lost into the abdomen. Pieces of the coil may remain embedded in the uterus because we cannot visualize the entire coil when removing it from the tube.
Hysterectomy is performed robotically as an outpatient laparoscopic procedure and the ovaries are sparred so that normal hormone function will be preserved. Most women will experience a reduction or elimination of their symptoms when the coils have been removed from their bodies.
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Find it with your board-certified physicians at Aishling Obstetrics & Gynecology. Regarding Essure birth control removal, Dr. Cassidy or Dr. Hawkins can discuss your unique concerns and options available during a one-on-one consultation at one of our four locations.