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ERIN BROCKOVICH IS BACK, & THIS TIME SHE'S FIGHTING ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL

Oct 11, 2013

Erin Brockovich is Back, & This Time She's Fighting About Birth Control

Erin Brockovich is back, and now she's fighting a popular form of birth control. Brockovich, a mother of three and an environmental activist who became famous thanks to the eponymous film starring Julia Roberts (who won an Oscar for her performance), has taken up the cause for women who are suffering debilitating side effects from the non-surgical, permanent form of birth control known as Essure.

Women are experiencing side effects from the nickel device including headaches, nausea, and allergic response, to more severe effects like colon perforation due to the device's unintended movement.

The FDA approved Essure in 2002. According to the FDA website, the device "works by blocking the fallopian tubes so that sperm can not fertilize a woman’s eggs. The coils remain in place permanently. Over time, scar tissue forms around the implants and blocks the fallopian tubes."

More than 700,000 women have undergone this procedure, and 800 have filed complaints about adverse reactions. Brockovich told ABC News that, "There's something wrong with the device, in my opinion. It's a form of permanent birth control, and women's organs are being perforated…It's ridiculous that at any level we try to defend this. If 30 women did suffer harm for unknown reason, we'd investigate. We have thousands injured. I don't think it's safe."

For more watch a video below of Brockovich discussing Essure. 

By Christina Anderson

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h/t ABCNews