My name is Amanda. I am 34 and a mother of 3 boys. After the birth of my your gest son, at age 27, I was told I ‘looked like a land mine blew up inside’ of me and I would die if I ever got pregnant again. After a discussion of my concerns of hormones and not wanting to have my ‘womanhood’ taken from me, the doctor really pushed the idea of essure. He emphasized that I needed something permanent and that Essure would be the best option for me.
Now, a little medical history. 2 pre-ecliptic pregnancies. The third pregnancy caisING some kidney impairment due to the baby’s placement, after my first 2 children I’d had abdominoplasty. 2 monthmonths after that surgery I found out I was pregnant with #3. Hince the ‘land mine’ comment.
When I was pursued to agree to the Essure procedure I was still having complications from the kidney impairment and on Dilodid for pain management, 1 month postpartum, and terrified. So at age 27, I agreed to Essure.
The procedure had complications, they were unsure if the right fallopian tube took at all so I was also given the copper IUD. I was never told about side effects of either. We never discussed my allergy to ‘yellow gold’ due to the nickel content. And there were no follow up visits.
For years I have experienced extreme cramping and abdominal twisting pain. Migraines that are so debilitating I am considered 40% disabled by the VA. My body rejects jewelry. My skin is a constant battle. However, the very worst part of it all, I didn’t need the procedure. My body just needed time to heal.
I am now engaged to a man with no kids of his own, and the likelihood that we will be able to have a child together is slim to none if I go through the surgery to have the procedure ‘reversed’ This procedure was/is a nightmare.