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Patient Power: Thwarting Sales of a Dangerous Device

Bayer will stop selling Essure, a permanent birth control device, by the end of the year. Why? Because of patients reporting dangerous adverse events. At MedShadow, we not only encourage researching the side effects of medicines, but also reporting them, whether to your doctor, pharmacist and/or the FDA. Only when…

FDA Restricts Sale of Birth Control Device

The FDA will restrict sales of Bayer’s Essure birth control device. This new safety measure is being enforced because the agency discovered that some women were getting the birth control device implanted, but weren’t adequately informed about the risks. “We’ve been closely evaluating new information on the use of Essure,…

Elevated Risk of Suicide for New Users of Hormonal Birth Control Methods

Women using hormonal contraceptives –- such as the birth control pill, vaginal rings and hormonal IUDs –- have double the risk of attempting suicide compared to those who never took any type of hormonal birth control, according to a new study. But the risk is both small and short-term. Researchers…

Birth Control Pills

Though birth control pills, also known as oral contraceptives or “the pill,” are commonly prescribed, understanding all the facts about this medication can help you make informed decisions about the type of birth control you use. Common Names of Birth Control Pills Ortho-Cept (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol), Natazia (estradiol/dienogest), Yasmin (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol),…

Act Now! Insurance May Not Cover Birth Control Much Longer

The new health care bill going through Congress will likely cut birth control from health plan coverage. What are the economic consequences for women? The House passed the American Health Care Act, the “replacement” of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), in May. At any moment and with little notice,…

App As Effective As Birth Control Pill, But Without Side Effects

While it is common knowledge that tracking one’s body temperature daily can help a woman predict when she is ovulating new research has found that inputting that information into an app is as effective for preventing pregnancy as the birth control pill. A recent study carried out by researchers at Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska…

Bayer’s Essure permanent birth control gets black-box warning

The The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has mandated Bayer add a black box warning to Essure, a permanent form of birth control that involves the insertion of flexible coils into the fallopian tubes. The new black box warning must warn about the adverse events associated with Essure, including the heightened…

Higher risk of surgery seen with Bayer Essure contraceptive: study

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, women implanted with Bayer AG’s Essure permanent contraception device were more than 10 times more likely to require post-procedure surgery than those who underwent laparoscopic sterilization. Via Reuters. Posted October 14, 2015. –Alanna McCatty

NuvaRing: Effective But Risky

By Naomi Mannino When the birth-control method NuvaRing hit the market in 2001, it offered an alternative to women who didn’t want to take a pill every day while still offering the same level of effectiveness — 99%. Almost 5 million NuvaRing prescriptions were written from April 2014 through March…

Unsure about Essure

I had only vaguely known of Essure as a permanent birth control device. It’s essentially 2 tiny copper wires that are screwed into the entry way of the fallopian tubes causing inflammation that blocks sperm from entering the uterus. The first 90 seconds of this video from Bayer, the manufacturer,…

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