The Implants Project

So it transpires that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have rallied journalists all over Europe to launch a co-ordinated project. They’ve spent over a year looking into all kinds of implanted medical devices, the regulation around them, how they are brought to market, and how adverse event data is collected and acted upon.

The results are pretty shockingĀ  – none of the Essure group admins had heard the Orange Bag tale before. Is that really how little human life is worth? Well, stacked up against a $400bn industry, it seems so.

Several of us get to tell our tales thanks to the Guardian, and one of our number is featured in a film.

Huge thanks must go to the makers of the Netflix doc The Bleeding Edge; a frightening expose into the US side of the industry. It’s not just Essure that causes issues – we’re talking about lifesavers like pacemakers, artificial joints, hernia repair mesh – it is all governed by the same regulations – the same ones that govern the safety of your kettle, your kids’ toys, your makeup…

Not to mention tomorrow’s Panorama tackling the same issues, a Guardian podcast coming on Tuesday, tomorrow morning’s Victoria Derbyshire show – we’re busy bees!






Essure Problems – Welcome

Here you will find support and resources for ladies (and their families) who have been afflicted by side-effects and problems caused by the sterilisation implant Essure.

You can read about our experiences too, and tell your story.

We hope to offer information, help, moral and practical support, and importantly, give women a chance to tell their stories and be heard.

If you have questions, or you’d like to share your experiences, please email

Medical Device Scandal

Right then, buckle up folks. Monday 24th Nov is going to be busy.

Panorama on BBC1, 8pm on Monday night – The Great Medical Devices Scandal.

Panorama, esteemed BBC1 investigative current affairs show, is devoting an episode towards the medical devices industry, how it’s regulated (or not!) and what happens when things go wrong… This is going to be major for Essure ladies. If they mention Essure by name (and I suspect they will), then this is going to give us so much exposure. Sadly, it may mean that a lot of ladies who have suffered health issues since having Essure fitted, and haven’t yet made the connection, will be driven to seek answers. So, if that’s you, please please find the support groups on Facebook, check out the stories here, and know that you’re not alone.

To run alongside of this, The Guardian are also running a feature on medical devices which is also going to press on Monday. Add to that another of our E-Sisters will be featured on the Victoria Derbyshire show on Monday morning.

Awareness is growing.

We *will* be heard, and we’re not going away.