News 12 at 6 o'clock / October 28, 2013
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW)
"I can talk to people and tell them my story and they say what is Essure. That to me is like God why did I have it done nobody knows about it," says Joy Fordham.
After giving birth to her second child and a long talk with her doctor, Fordham says she decided to try a new form of permanent birth control. "He suggested Essure and he said that Essure is less evasive. No surgery, no down time it's better it's safer for you," says Fordham.
So, she underwent the procedure in August. "I had the Essure for a total of three weeks before my doctor had it removed," says Fordham.
She says she suffered an infection and severe abdominal pain. She believes a compound in the Essure metal coils that were implanted in her fallopian tubes are to blame. "These coils have nickel in them and I'm not supposed to have nickel in my body. I was never tested for it I was never informed of it," says Fordham.
Just this month, an FDA report showed evidence of complications with Essure as with all medical devices but did not find any new problems..
Erin Latif an OBGYN at GRU says she has performed about 100 Essure implants and says it is safer than surgery.
"It's a very low percentage of complications and side effects," says Latif. She says as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved with birth control methods. "There are a lot of birth control options out there I think it is important for patients to ask a lot of questions to their doctor," says Latif.
Meanwhile Fordham says she is facing more medical procedures to correct problems related to Essure. "I still may have to go back and have a hysterectomy done," says Fordham.
And she has advice for women considering any pregnancy prevention methods. "Birth control wise, do a lot of research don't just listen to your doctor." says Fordham.
The doctor we spoke with says it is important for patients to tell their health care providers about allergies that may impact any kind of treatment or medical procedure.
In 2011 the FDA allowed Conceptus the manufacturer of Essus to remove a warning for patients with suspected nickel allergies as well as removing a recommendation for patients to undergo any sort of skin tests.