MARLO THOMAS
11/25/2013 10:25 am ET | Updated Nov 26, 2013

What Women Need To Know About Essure, From Erin Brockovich (VIDEO)

Is the IUD Essure harmful to women? Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich explains that this product is almost like a corkscrew -- when it's inserted into the fallopian tube, and scar tissue adheres around it. It's considered a permanent form of birth control -- once it's in, it’s difficult to remove. However, it has proved to be ineffective -- some women who opted for this method still got pregnant. Many others complained of bleeding and cramping, which was so severe that they couldn't even go into work. Some women who had body scans in preparation of having the IUD removed found that the product had not stayed in place, but had actually moved around in their bodies.

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