I am a 38 year old single professional. I have fought with gynecological issues for most of my life. I suffered from irregular periods that would last from two weeks to several months at a time. After exhausting many of my options I made the difficult decision to go forward with an ablation procedure in February of 2012. I knew that in order to have that procedure I would need to undergo a sterilization process first. I was only given the option of Essure and was assured by my doctor that it was the safest and only way to go. I did some research, but did not find much out about it. I went forward with the procedures; however, my heart stopped during the ablation so we were unable to complete it. I was assured that the Essure implantation had been a success. I was told there would be mild cramping and then nothing. From that moment forward I have suffered from unimaginable pain and cramping. I thought I had problems before, but I was wrong. It took four months for the continuous pain in my tubes to subside after the procedure. I still have sharp pain when I move a certain direction to this day. I get a period about every 16 days and it is accompanied by the worst cramping I have ever experienced. Nothing touches the pain. I can barely move for at least four days once my period starts and it is accompanied by vomiting. I have painful cramps even when I do not have my period. My back constantly aches. My muscles ache. My stomach aches. I have never been more tired in my life. I feel exhausted and depressed on a daily basis. I have constant hot flashes. I feel ‘wrong’ and I can’t explain it. I have cut my calories to fewer than 1,000 a day. I work out and run daily. I did 2 5Ks in the last three months, yet I am still gaining weight and can’t lose it. I am dizzy. I bloat inexplicably, even though I take a water pill (my legs and feet swell). I have what feels like an umbilical hernia. In essence, I have never been more miserable in my life. There are other issues that I am experiencing, but am too embarrassed to list. Until I came across this website yesterday, I had no idea what was wrong with me.