Hundreds of women left with “severe pain” from the IUD are taking legal action

Around 200 women are taking legal action after claiming they suffered “excruciating pain”, bleeding and nickel poisoning after having the contraceptive device fitted.

Lawyers said thousands of women around the world have the Essure coil device and said many have suffered “adverse” effects.

German pharmaceutical company Bayer, which makes Essure, has now withdrawn it from the market as it faces lawsuits around the world over its use.

Pogust Goodhead, a law firm representing women in the UK, said many women who had the IUD inserted have later had a hysterectomy or are awaiting procedures to remove the IUD.

Lawyer Lisa Lunt said: “Thousands of women have been fitted with the Essure device around the world, unfortunately many of them have suffered adverse effects from this product.”

It said its customers had “suffered years of pain and complications” from the device and said Bayer had already settled some claims in the US.

Ms Lunt said the group feared many more women had “suffered at the hands of this device” and urged those affected to contact them.

The UK legal action comes after a civil court granted around 200 women the right to pursue their case in a joint action estimated at more than £10 million in potential damages.

Pogust Goodhead said the Essure coil, which was available on the NHS, was marketed “as an easy, non-invasive, non-surgical procedure” aimed at women who did not want children.

They said the manufacturers said the metal coil would scar the inside of the tubes to prevent pregnancy – but claimed it would be less uncomfortable than sterilization surgery.

Alicia Alinia, the law firm's chief executive, said: “The Essure medical device has simply failed and has caused irreparable physical and mental damage.”

Helen Bordiak, a mother of two who had the Essure device fitted, said The independent the coil was “really uncomfortable” when it was first put in, but it was “nothing bad” and “everything was good” for 12 to 18 months.

Bu, 49, from Dunstable, said this soon changed and she was left in debilitating pain.

She added: “My womb hurt, I had brain fog and cramps. If I sat for a long time and then got up, I felt inside that something was grabbing me and pulling me.

“I was in pain almost every day. And then I started having periods that lasted 28-30 days at a time. It would stop for a few days and then start again. I knew this wasn't normal so I went to my doctor.

“But a lot of times, if you're overweight, then that's what you have to do. I felt cheated. I had joint pain and hip pain. It was horrible. I started googling Essure and that's when I started seeing things about people having the same experiences as me.”

Ms Bordiak said she later had a hysterectomy, recalling how her pain subsided soon after.

“It was the first day in a long time that I had woken up without pain,” he added. “I had absolutely no pain. It was like someone had turned the clock back four or five years.”

A Bayer spokesman told the BBC that the coil had been tested in 10 clinical trials as well as more than 70 studies involving thousands of women.

The spokesperson added: “Bayer's highest priority is the safety profile and efficacy of our products, and we have great sympathy for anyone who has experienced health problems while using any of our products, regardless of the cause.”

The spokesperson said the company “supports the safety profile and efficacy of Essure and will continue to defend itself against these allegations vigorously.” He added: “While all birth control products and procedures have risks, the body of scientific evidence for Essure demonstrates that the benefit-risk profile is positive.”