Two Jacksonville women who had NO plans of having any more children... went about making that permanent choice a reality in different ways... but they were left with the same result. That result was a series of health problems and complications they blame on the popular birth control device - Essure. Essure has been on the market since 2002. Since then, the manufacturer...re ports some 750-thousand procedures have been performed worldwide. Channel 4's Adrienne Moore has been digging deeper on this story... and joins us with a warning from some local women ...Adrienne? 3 3 Joy and Rob, Amber Epley and Rebecca Howell both turned to the internet to help get through what they call "medical disasters." They're two of nearly 15- thousand women involved in social media support groups.... looking to take Essure OFF the market. Tonight - we've learned - nearly 950 women have now filed complaints with the FDA. We want to warn you - some of the pictures in this story - are graphic. 3 00-0510-1535-401:14-1:19Amber Epley/Experienced Problems with Essure 42:52-54 AMBER EPLEY SAYS SHE HAD HER HEALTH STOLEN ... AFTER A FIVE-YEAR BATTLE... SHE BELIEVES IS DUE TO ESSURE. Amber Epley/Experienced Problems with Essure 42:14-20 THE BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE CONSISTS OF TWO SMALL METAL COILS WHICH ARE PLACED INSIDE EACH FALLOPIAN TUBE. SCAR TISSUE THEN GROWS....TO BLOCK CONCEPTION.DR. KENNETH SEKINE SAYS HE'S HEARD COMPLAINTS OVER THE YEARS - BUT IS QUICK TO POINT OUT - THE DEVICE ISN'T FOR EVERYONE - AND RECOMMENDS A THOROUGH EVALUATION FIRST. Dr. Kenneth Sekine/OBGYN 02:11-28 ACCORDING TO THE F-D-A ... IT'S RECEIVED: - 943 REPORTS OF ADVERSE EVENTS RELATED TO ESSURE BETWEEN 2002 - AND 2013 THE MOST FREQUENT PROBLEMS REPORTED WERE: -PAIN - HEMORRHAGE -PATIENT DEVICE INCOMPATIBILITY -MAL POSITION OF THE DEVICE -AND DEVICE BREAKAGE.THROUGH ESSURE- PROBLEMS-DOT-WE BS-DOT-COM ... AMBER FOUND HUNDREDS OF OTHER WOMEN WITH STORIES JUST LIKE HERS...INCLUDING REBECCA HOWELL... WHO CHOSE ESSURE AFTER HER THIRD CHILD. Rebecca Howell/Experienced Problems with Essure 52:54- 53:13 THOUSANDS OF OTHER WOMEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES ARE POSTING PICTURES AS WELL - INCLUDING X- RAYS THAT SHOW COILS CUTTING THROUGH FALLOPIAN TUBES... AND COILS THAT HAVE BROKEN AFTER INSERTION.......ISSUES AMBER WANTS MORE WOMEN NEED TO BE AWARE OF. Amber Epley/Experienced Problems with Essure 43:16-20 There has been no recall of Essure. In a statement - the FDA told us it will: "Continue to monitor the safety of Essure to make certain that its benefits of providing women with a non-incisional sterilization choice continue to outweigh its risks." Famed activist - Erin Brockovich - has now joined in this fight for change. She's started an online petition on change.org... which at last check, has been signed by more than 940 people. Joy... 3 3 Question: With those FDA complaints... are doctors and patients required to report those types of device problems? Or is it voluntary?Adrienne: All reports are voluntary... for both the doctor and the patient. As for whether those 943 reports already documented TRULY reflect the number of REAL cases out there ... local doctors say ... that's all up for debate and speculation.