After my third child was born I opted for a tubal ligation. My dr urged me to use Essure because it is less invasive and there is no recovery. Of course I trusted my dr, so I did it. That was in 2008. For a year, everything was fine, but I believe that was because I was breastfeeding and wasn’t getting my period. In 2009 after I stopped nursing, I started to experience heavier than normal periods but chocked it up to my body getting back on schedule after breastfeeding. But as time went on, the pain got worse, my periods were lasting 10-14 days, I had so many infections that I can’t even count, including those that needed antibiotics and those that did not. I had a yeast infection every single month as well. It was horrible and i couldn’t find a dr that would listen to my concerns. They told me it was highly unlikely that my problems stemmed from the Essure. But what else could it be? I have always been healthy. My infections were so so bad that my dr checked me for STDs because she thought it looked like chlamidia. That was embarrassing. So I dealt with my problems and figured that I had to live this way now. Until I moved to VA in 2011. The pain got so unbearable that I searched online and called all the OBs in my area. I took the one that could get me in right away. My prayers were answered. He listened to my concerns, gave me an ultrasound and did some testing. He put me on birth control for a few months, but that didn’t help with the bleeding, the pain, or the infections. After months of taking narcotic pain killers, my dr decided that it would be best just to get Essure out of my body. He thought that the pain was being caused by an overflow of blood into my uterus because it had nowhere else to go. So I had a hysterectomy in April 2013 and it was the best decision I have ever made concerning my health. I haven’t had a single infection since and I’m pain free. I have other friends that experience problems with Essure and aren’t so lucky because their insurance won’t cover the surgery. I am blessed that this is all behind me, finally.