“I was stuck on my couch”

“I was stuck on my couch”

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Essure: a word little known to the general public. What is it about ?

“It is a definitive sterilization medical device. Marketed in France from 2002 to 2017, it was implanted in 200,000 women. Several thousand of them reported serious side effects, like me. Personally, I was very dynamic, sporty and, after the operation, I was nailed to my couch, unable to do anything… I had the implant removed in 2020 and, since then, things have been much better. »

The National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) finally stopped marketing the device in 2017.

“Yes, but the women who have used it are not necessarily aware of the side effects. This is what we criticize the public authorities for: not having written to each implanted woman to make these effects known. So there are thousands of women who suffer without knowing the cause. Personally, I discovered by chance the existence of the Resist association (1), which brings together victims. »

And you have become the regional representative…

“Yes and I do my best to alert potential victims. There are around 200 in the Loire and 900 in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, but there are probably many more. »

Hence this meeting organized on Saturday in Saint-Étienne…

” Quite. Already so that victims come forward. But above all so that they know that they are not alone and that we are here to support them. The meeting will be held at noon at La Taverne de Maître Kanter, opposite the station. »

(1) Tel. : 07.71.64.78.40 or email: [email protected].

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