West Texas Women Protest Permanent Birth Control Product Essure

West Texas Women Protest Permanent Birth Control Product Essure

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Some West Texas women took part in a nationwide protest Wednesday. Their goal? To take Essure, a permanent birth control product, off the market.

That's after it caused thousands of women severe health problems.

750,000 women around the world chose Essure as their birth control product. On Wednesday, thousands of them rallied against Essure in hopes to not only get the product off the market, but change the minds of future users.

"People think we're out here trying to get money from lawyers and trying to get a pay cut but that's not it. Honestly, we're just here so Bayer can look and the FDA can see that this needs to be off the market and no other woman should suffer," said Odessa resident, Cecilia Porras.

From New York, Illinois, to Pennsylvania, down to Texas, women affected by the permanent birth control product Essure made their voices heard. Midland and Odessa residents held their protest in front of the Midland County Federal Courthouse.

"Things they've never had a problem with before. Women are coming up with cancer and now we're at seven deaths and five late-term miscarriages as well as thousands of early miscarriages," said Midland resident, Kristen Jones.

The FDA announced it will re-examine the product after receiving over 5,000 reports of complications since Essure joined the market in 2002.

"My hair's thinning. I'm only 23 years old. I should have beautiful, long hair. I should be able to run after my kids and I can't do that. It has taken every possible motherhood ability from myself," said Porras.

"Swelling, numbness, pain every day, headaches, nausea, even the loss of sexual appetite," said Odessa resident, Elvira Lopez.

How this birth control method works is with two metal coils that are passed by a catheter through the cervix and uterus into the Fallopian tubes. Tissue eventually grows in and around the coils which prevents future pregnancies.

Women NewsWest 9 spoke with said they weren't notified of any side effects of the product. The FDA recently issued a new warning for those who have nickel allergies and wish to use Essure.

Bayer says deaths are not linked to the product and side effects like chronic pelvic pain were rarely reported.

The company said in a statement, "Bayer looks forward to an open and transparent discussion regarding Essure at the meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel on September 24, 2015. Bayer has been in regular communication with the FDA about the risk-benefit profile of Essure and the informational needs of both healthcare providers and patients. Patient safety is Bayer's top priority. Given there has been a great deal of interest in the safety of Essure among some patients, we welcome this open dialogue with healthcare providers, patients, researchers, representatives from professional societies, and other members of the public to review and discuss available data regarding the benefits and risks associated with Essure. Bayer is strongly committed to women having access to safe and effective birth control options.  The only FDA-approved non-surgical option for women who have completed their families and want permanent contraception, Essure is supported by more than a decade of science and real world clinical experience."

"These things are happening to us. It is real. We're not making it up, and it can't be a coincidence that we're all suffering with the same thing," said Jones.

The FDA's public meeting to discuss Essure safety will be on September 24 in Washington, D.C.