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Birth Control Device has Ohio Women Concerned

POWELL (Jen French) -- A Powell woman said a birth control device sent her to the emergency room.

She said she wants it out of her body and off the shelves. 

"I've had constant pain since August, Sarah Carlin said.

Three years ago, Carlin underwent the Essure procedure, a sterilization alternative to getting her tubes tided. According to the companys website, Essure prevents pregnancy without surgery by using a pair of permanent metal implants that are inserted in a womans fallopian tubes.

"They talk about it being safe and effective and 99-percent tolerable, Carlin said.

After experiencing sharp, pelvic pains last August, Carlin was rushed to the hospital.

It was like somebody was just stabbing me, Carlin said.

Women who have had complications, or have gotten pregnant, made the Facebook group, Essure Problems. It has more than 3,500 members.

Since it was released in 2002, the FDA has received 943 reports of Essure related complaints. Among patients, 116 said the device moved in their body and 37 said it broke.

The FDA has not banned the device.

 
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