Birth control is an important aspect of family planning and overall health for many women in California, but for some, one form of birth control could be putting them at significant risk. According the Food and Drug Administration, Bayer's popular form of birth control, Essure, might not be as safe as was previously believed, and could even potentially be a defective medical device. This investigation was spurred by numerous complaints concerning the side effects of Essure.
Essure, which the FDA approved in 2002, is cited by Bayer as being nearly 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Additionally, Bayer also claims that it is the only option for permanent birth control that does not actually require a surgical procedure. Essure consists of a spiral device placed in the fallopian tubes and has been likened by some to tubal ligation.