Australian women to launch class action over failed Essure contraceptive device

Dozens of Australian women have signed up to be part of a class action lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Bayer, the makers of Essure, a contraceptive metal device inserted into the fallopian tubes.

Essure is marketed as a permanent contraceptive system that allows the user to avoid the need for surgical intervention required by tubal ligation. However, women using the device have reported negative symptoms including abdominal pain, stabbing pain to the ovaries, and irregular menstrual bleeding.

The main problems associated with the device are due to the corrosion of the stainless steel exterior, which exposes women to the nickel inside, perforation of the uterus, and dislocation of the device into the uterus or abdomen.

WCHM has not had any feedback from women in the ACT who have been affected so please let us know if you have experienced these, or similar issues by contacting us at

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