What’s Current: Thousands of women have Essure implant removed in light of serious complications and internal damage

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  • Thousands of women have had to have the Essure implant — a method of permanent sterilization — removed. The device is reported to have turned into a “calcified nail” inside women’s bodies or haviing pierced through internal tissue and migrated into the abdomen.
  • The student union at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a student society at King’s College London have opted to use the word “womxn” rather than “women” in official communications. “Womxn is a more inclusive term which promotes intersectionality and not includes cis women, but also trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folk,” reads the KCL’s Womxn in Physics Society website.
  • Around 87,000 women were killed around the world last year; 58 per cent at the hands of intimate partners or family members.
  • The number of crisis calls to women’s shelters in Alberta climbed from 52,562 to 58,117 in 2017-18. A new report, produced by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, says that “the rising demand for services has taken many shelters beyond full capacity” and that “women using shelter services are facing the highest level of danger in seven years.”
  • A trans activist who attempted to block people from entering an event hosted by the “We Need To Talk” group to discuss proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act in Bristol says this tactic, in retrospect, “achieves nothing.”
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  • お茶

    Will they use “mxn” too?

    • lk

      Also what about humxn..we wouldnt want people who identify as birds to feel excluded…

      • Ashley Braman

        Yeah I call myself humxn. Bc I’m not a man. And I don’t want to be blame for humankind’s problems. That’s all you boysss

      • therealcie

        I’m glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read this. I snorted.

    • Ashley Braman

      No? Males have XY DNA because they develop the SRY gene.. . And if you look at entomology you’d see that male is the perfect word for your kind bc mal means basically horrible in every sense. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b99b75d09c093e0e74c0858f713f32ab5043d2dd1f3a589abefe54062c92c88f.png
      I personally don’t call non womxxn, men (not that you care) I call them males. Bc that’s what you can call all XY DNA animals.
      Makes it easier for males to understand and Id. 😉 so stop using the word man you might get males confused and they might think they are half womxxn. Male* is way easier good luck with all that hahhahah

  • lk

    “Bayer’s highest priority is patient safety, and we are strongly committed to women’s health, an area in which we have long been a leader.”

    LOL, the highest priority of any company is to make as much money as they can. I am not saying that these companies don’t care about patient safety/health…but they are a business so making money comes first.

    I remember when I was in my late teens and I learned for the first time that many clinical trials are sponsored/paid for the creators of the drugs being tested. I was confused by it and remember thinking that must be a huge conflict of interest.

  • UnrulyRose

    The whole idea of it bothers me. We’re just going to go ahead and put this metal into your fallopian tubes and wait for the scar tissue to build up to prevent pregnancy. Oh, there won’t be any complications, scar tissue builds up without pain or damage all the time! Blah…

  • therealcie

    Goddess help us.
    I see that they don’t seem to have a problem writing “men” rather than “mxn.” Shocking that.

  • UnrulyRose

    Does anybody know where to watch the full documentary that is referenced in the article? I tried the Channel 4 website but it made me make an account, download adobe flash player, and then still didn’t play the video. I want to see for myself what was said. Although the apology doesn’t seem sincere, I think it’s a victory that a trans activist admits to intimidating women. This may lead to more people wanting to look into the issue more and see what’s really going on.

  • susannunes

    The thing about vasectomies is that men can lie about having them. Unless you are married to the guy or in a very long term relationship with one, it is impossible to know if the man is telling the truth. There isn’t much we can do about the simple biological reality that women bear the risk of pregnancy. I would like it to be much easier for single women to be able to get sterilized without having to go through the b.s. of doctors thinking these women will regret not having children down the road.

    • Elanore

      You could always ask for a sperm count. A decent guy would understand that you need more than his word on it. It’s not as though it would be an unpleasant or invasive medical procedure… you know, like a pap smear etc.

  • lk

    Yes. I’ve seen a bunch of stuff about how emasculating it is to have a vasectomy and that its “not manly to shoot blanks” exact words I saw on some reddit post.

    A human man is a human man, regardless of sperm count and his ability to procreate. If u, as a
    male, dont want to have or care for kids, why wouldn’t u want to take steps to avoid it?