Essure Problems 

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On May 4, 2015 The New York Times released an article about Essure by journalist Roni Rabin

(click NYT below to view article)

In response to that article, Bayer released their own statement, which the Times would not print.

We've added in our own thoughts to that statement as you read along!


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Bayer letter to editor of The New York Times regarding recent story about Essure® permanent birth control

May 8, 2015 5:17 PM

WHIPPANY, N.J., May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a May 4, 2015 story in The New York Times about Essure® permanent birth control, Bayer submitted the following letter to the editor, which The New York Times refused to publish in its entirety:
(most likely, because they believe the truth)


To the Editor:

Re: "Long-Term Data on Complications Adds to Criticism of Contraceptive Implant" (May 4, 2015), Roni Rabin mischaracterizes a recently published long term study on Essure. This well-designed, well-executed study ( where did 30% of the participants go?) reinforces the safety and efficacy of the device and the procedure. ( really? maybe we read a different report?) The side effects reported (which ones?) are consistent with numerous other scientific studies (short term studies with small numbers) and the Instructions for Use on Essure – which the FDA approved in 2002 and then reevaluated in 2013.(they only looked at the same data provided 13 years ago, fraudulent data)

Women deserve access to a wide range of (safe) contraceptive options, and Essure is (dangerous and not worth the risks) an important non-surgical (hmmm really? Dr Zampaglione called it surgical the other day… “There is a surgical procedure associated with placing Essure”) and non-hormonal option for women who have completed their families and want permanent birth control. ( but doctors are eager to insert these into women in their TWENTIES when tubal ligation has always been refused to women of this age group, yet it is still sterilization!) However, no medical device, procedure, or even drug is completely free of side effects. (the risks of Essure are too great for permanent birth control)

That's why the importance of the conversation between patients and their doctors cannot be overstated. ( because then it becomes the doctor’s fault) Health professionals must appropriately counsel their patients about Essure,(and Bayer must thoroughly train those doctors) and women who experience any issues should immediately contact their OBGYN.(and file an adverse event report at www.medwatcher.org)
Moreover, while social media is a valuable tool for patient support, (and truthful education) it should never be used as a substitute for medical advice from an experienced, board certified physician. ( or a physician who upholds his or her Hippocratic oath) Bayer has reached out to many women on social media (by sending a few tweets) who have said they've experienced problems with Essure, (because they'd like to get your medical records) and we encourage any woman who has concerns to contact us at [email protected] (so they can ask you for your medical records) or 1-888-84BAYER so we can help her get the support she needs. (By telling her she is the EXPECTED ADVERSE EVENT) 


 So my question for Bayer is, if what you are seeing, the more than

 17,000 women complaining of life altering side effects, debilitating 

chronic pain, and an absolute loss of quality of life is "the expected 

response" to this medical device, that if you knew all along that these 

adverse events, these issues,  were going to happen to a number of us, 

and that you are not seeing anything different than what you expected, 

my question is...

why don't our lives matter?


I am real, and my life matters.