Nearly 30,000 women have had the Essure contraceptive implant, which was made by Bayer Laboratories and accused of being the cause of many of the pains, removed. Today, many women denounce the inaction of the state.
Sylvie is 53 years old and lives near Lyon. Like 240,000 other women in France, the contraceptive implant was implanted on the advice of her doctor. The Essure implant, offered by Bayer Laboratories for years as a simple, risk-free device for permanent contraception. Except that shortly after the implant was placed, she was in unbearable pain.
“It was very violent. The burns you feel are so severe you can’t sleep and want to tear your arms. Then I started losing my hair, and making really weird things happen to me. I had a noticeable loss of vision, my eyes burning, stuttering, tinnitus. It’s not something you can imagine. It didn’t bite you,” she told RMC.
Sylvie adds, “I’m a soccer player, a dancer, full of life and a gardener. Somehow, my life came to a halt before that.”
“I felt like I was going crazy and no one cared”
This is confirmed by many patients and the association: these symptoms are associated with implantation. The Medicines Agency has received 4,537 reports related to the Essure device, and more than 30,000 women have already had their implants removed. But health authorities never individually contacted transplant patients about potential risks, while Bayer Laboratories pulled their devices off the market in 2017. Sylvie, for example, only realized the risks in 2020, five years after placement. who planted it I discovered it by accident on the Internet.
“Obviously I was poisoned. That’s how I feel because that’s what really happened. I’m still experiencing the consequences today and probably will be for the rest of my life. If the Ministry of Health tells me sooner, it may be. It saved me years of unnecessary suffering. It was It would let me go to the doctor right away. If I only had one claim, it would really be that we could tell the carriers of alerts, and they don’t go through what I’ve been living for years. I was lonely, I felt like I was going crazy and no one cared,” she explains.
What Sylvie wants is for health authorities to reach out to patients. Quite simply, by launching a great communication campaign. Better information but also better care by creating a specific long-term case. Especially since the study by CNRS researchers established the toxicity of Essure implants.
“The state does nothing”
Mr. Stephen Duval is defending dozens of patients across France and has initiated proceedings against the state in this case. “Women carrying the device must be reported individually, the lawyer confirms. I was told ‘we can’t find these women individually,’ but we don’t care who? The safety of medicines and health products, meanwhile, is communicated on her website.” But who knows this website? It’s a joke. Today the state does nothing.”
“When you go to your doctor, there are media campaigns for contraception, for vaccination, so why not do the same with Essure? A woman who is going to her doctor will see it but it’s not there. Is it complicated No. Can we make a spot on TV? Yes. So why. Isn’t it?
When creating a long-term case, the Department of Health ensures that this point is “under investigation” but that nothing new in terms of informing potential victims.
For its part, Bayer Laboratories claims that patients can continue to use their implants, and that the device does not pose a safety issue. According to Bayer, it would have been withdrawn from the market only for “commercial reasons”.