I had the Essure procedure done in 2008 after my youngest chlid was born. I was told that there were very minimal side effects and that is was a safe and effective procedure which would ensure that I would never get pregnant again. I took the option because of those reasons and due to the faster recovery and outpatient option. During the procedure I remember that when the inserts were placed, I had no pain with the right side, but I had a sharp pain with the insertion on the left side. I never thought anything about it. Since the procedure was done I have had increasing negative symptoms which nobody could figure out. It started as strange menstral symptoms. I went from being a heavy bleeder to barely having a period. So, I wasn’t that upset about that particular symptom, but thought it was strange. My doctor tested my hormones and everything seemed fine so we left it alone. Then later came the discomforts, constant pain, inability to have pressure on my abdomen (even if my pants were tight enough to put pressure when I sat down). I started developing serious discomforts during intercourse, pelvic exams kept coming back normal with no indication that anything was wrong. I was beginning to feel like I was going crazy. I saw general practitioners, gynecologists, gastroenterologists, internal medicine physicians, trying to find out why I was having so much pain. The pain continued to escalate for over a year to include abdominal bloating, loss of appetite, constant fatigue from the pain and not eating right (I felt that the less I ate, the less pressure there would be, and maybe less pain). Nothing worked. I finally switched physicians again and sought help from a new obstetrician/gynecologist. After pelvic exams, sonograms, and everything else we could think of, we came to the conclusion that we needed a better look further inside. My gynecologist thought I may have endometriosis. However, I asked him to please look at my essure coils during the scope procedure, especially on the left side. To our surprise, we found what we think is the issue. My left coil is misplaced. It is hanging half out of my fallopian tube. We now have to do CT scans to locate where the rest of the coil is located, whether it punctured my tube or if it is embedded in my uterine wall. Then I have another procedure to find out if the coil is even effective for preventing pregnancy!! Unfortunately, because my gynecologist tried already to remove the coil and was unable to, my options are very limited at this point. Once I have the answer of where the unseen part of the coil is located, we are sure that further surgical procedures will be necessary, maybe even a hysterectomy. I just pray it is not lodged somewhere that will affect another part of my body such as my bowels. I am terrified. I really didn’t want further surgery, but this misplaced coil is causing so much pain and affecting my life in such negative ways. I pray that a ‘simple’ fix such as the hysterectomy will be all that is needed, although I would have preferred to not have to do that either, which is why I got this procedure in the first place! I am thankful to see that there is such a large support group for this and that I am not alone in my suffering.