Australian women who suffered serious complications with the Essure contraceptive implant are signing up to join a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device.
The law firm Slater and Gordon says it has been contacted by a large number of women who suffered a series of adverse conditions after they were implanted with the Essure device.
Some symptoms were so severe that many women needed a complete hysterectomy.
Slater and Gordon's associate, Ebony Birchall, said the law firm will continue the class action against the maker of Essure, Bayer, which recalled the implant of the sale in Australia in May last year.
"Essure was hailed as the new wave of contraceptive devices," he said in a statement Monday.
"Unlike traditional permanent contraceptive surgery, Essure was marketed as fast, effective and minimally invasive, it could be inserted in your doctor's office.
"However, for women who have experienced complications, it has been incredibly damaging."
The device, which was also removed from sale in the United States last month, features a metal coil that expands to anchor the device in the fallopian tube.
However, the implant has corroded within some women, exposing them to nickel poisoning and causing problems with their uterus and other organs.
Women who have used the device have also reported complications including irregular periods, pelvic or abdominal pain, decreased libido and muscle pain.
The implant was originally included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Products in 2010.
Five years later, the Therapeutic Goods Administration imposed additional requirements on Bayer so it would have to monitor and report the rate of adverse events related to Essure.
The device was also reviewed by the health authorities of the United States in the midst of a large number of complaints.
Tanya Davidson, mother of four young children who stays at home, says she has fought "eight years of hell" after receiving the implant.
She suffered serious side effects, including hair loss, severe menstrual bleeding, chronic fatigue and stabbing ovarian pain before being diagnosed with a nickel allergy.
The implant was removed in early 2016, but because the device was broken during the procedure, he had to undergo a hysterectomy six months later due to the damage caused by the fragments of the implant.
"For years, doctors told me that the symptoms were in my head and that they could not be related to the device," he said.
"I know there must be other women who are in the same boat and I want them to know that they are not alone."
Slater and Gordon said the class action is open to all women who have suffered complications as a result of an Essure implant.