Hi I’m Alex. I had essure put in July 14 2012 after my son was born. I was in a very abusive marriage and was pretty much forced to have the device put in. I have always been skeptical about birth control and didn’t want anything permanent, but my now ex husband was determined not to have any more kids. He threatened to take my babies from me if I didn’t have this or a tubal done. At the time I was unemployed, in bad health and had nowhere to go if he threw me out. So I finally gave in and opened myself up to a new fight.
My doctor told me it was the best device that he could offer and that he swore by it. He told me there were no side effects to it and that in just three months I would not be able to get pregnant ever again. I asked him what would happen if it didn’t work and he laughed and said that he would just do a hysterectomy. This made me nervous since at the time I was only 21. He prescribed me pills to take for ten days before the procedure. But something seemed wrong to me. He told me the procedure could be done In his office but he set me an appointment with the hospital to out me under anesthesia. After the procedure I was In horrible pain. I told the nurse something was wrong and they assured me that I was fine. A fee months went by and my doctor called to reschedule my checkup. This happened three times before I finally gave up on going. I pretty much forgot about it for about a year. I started feeling dizzy a lot and would get crippling migraines for no apparent reason. Then the pain in my stomach started. It wasn’t a pain I had felt before. Intimacy became a huge challenge since every time we had intercourse I was doubled over in pain afterwards and would bleed for days. He eventually started to see other women and I finally lost my husband. The last thing he said to me before I left was ‘maybe if you weren’t such a hypochondriac this could have worked’.
I’m still in constant pain. I get hot flashes, I can’t gain weight, I can’t even pick up my kids without crying out in pain. I’m exhausted all the time my stomach swells up, I’m depressed, I finally found someone who treats me right and cares about me but he wants kids of his own and I can’t give them to him and I have had constant bladder infections. I just want this nightmare to be over. I lost my insurance but before I told my doctor what was going on and he said it was I my head and that Essure can’t cause any of these symptoms, gave me anti psychotic medicine and told me I would be fine after I took them for a few months. These doctors think that this pain is just made up. I can’t even get them to do a scan to see where the coils are. I’m only 24 and don’t want a hysterectomy. I want it reversed but the cost is outrageous. I’m in hell and no one can hear me screaming for help.