Marcia Sampson of Nevada was among the roughly 100 “e-sisters” — what these women affectionately call themselves if they had problems because of the Essure method of birth control — from all over the U.S., the U.K. and France, who were in Las Vegas this past weekend. The women and many men in their lives gathered to celebrate Bayer’s announcement that the company is taking Essure off the market in December. In December of 2017, Sampson and Stephanie Christian Anderson, also of Nevada, shared their stories with the Nevada Journal about how the use of Essure had caused major health problems for them. The Essure system, according to Mayo Clinic, is a type of female sterilization that offers a permanent way to prevent pregnancy. Earlier this year, Bayer announced its decision to take Essure off the market, saying it was a “business decision” prompted by declining sales of the product in recent years. Photo Contributed