I was told about the Essure procedure in April 2010 before delivering my 2nd & last child. My doctor had told us how great Essure was & how it was a less invasive way of sterilization . My husband & I decided that Essure would be a great choice for sterilization since I was not a candidate for Tubal Ligation at the hospital I was delivering at. I delivered my child in April & had the Essure procedure in June of 2010. I had the procedure at a Surgical center, where my husband & I were told it was only going to be a quick & easy procedure, unfortunatley that was not the case. The physcian told my husband that it took longer than expected because she had trouble inserting the coils in my fallopian tubes & I had lost blood. I was told to rest & follow up in 3 months under Xray to make sure the coils had done their job & create blockage/scar tissue in my tubes to prevent pregnancy. My excruiating pelvic pain & lower back pain started almost immediately after the procedure. I figured I would be sore & utilized the pain medication I was given. I can remember every month calling my Dr’s office to let them know of the unbearable pain I was having causing me to be buckled over & cyring ,& it seemed to be every 10-15 days prior to my menstual cycle. I was told during the first few calls that I was in the healing process , & given refills on my pain medications & told the pain would go away. That was not the case & one of the last of my phone calls to the Dr , I was blatently told that I should not be in pain & I need to utilize other forms of pain interventions ,like deep breathing exercises. I felt like they were ignoring my symptoms & pain. I was told to get the check up under Xray, which I had to put off for a month because I had lost my insurance & could not afford to pay for the cost of the Hystersalpingogram. I was in Nursing school with a baby under six months & another young daughter & my husband was laid off. My insurance was finally reinstated & I had the test which I will never forget laying on the table & the Radiology Dr & tech were looking at each other funny. I knew something was wrong by their looks & the Radiologist confirmed that not only had the Essure coils perforated both of my fallopian tubes, but I could have gotten pregnant . I felt a weird sense of relief when it was confirmed that the procedure failed & I felt like my Dr failed me for not believing the pain I was in. I called my Dr with the test results & she told me she would get back with me, that this hasn’t happened before. I was told that Essure wanted to make me a Case Study & offered to redo the procedure at no cost. I said absolutely not, & brought my Xray’s via CD to another physician in the practice who was more experienced & he couldn’t believe his eyes ! I asked if this had ever happened to him , having trouble inserting the Essure Coils , his response was- no, I make sure I do it right & since you were already under general anesthesia she should have just tied your tubes because of the trouble with the insertion. My only way to get this problem fixed was to have a hysterectomy at the age of 37 during my winter break from school. I was devastated & depressed of the thought of having this done. I had a 6 month old baby to take care of & wasnt able to hold her, drive , etc. for six weeks because of the post op restrictions. I had a horrible post op experience with the pain & healing. Currently I continue to have bouts of depression, & I have chronic lower back pain now that makes it hard for me to sleep at night, & I feel like I am 80 years old. I have always been very active & loved to exercise. It has been very rough on me & my family ever since this horrible procedure 3 years ago. I can’t say how happy I was when I seen you on the DR’s this month & then my local news station Channel 7 Action News Detroit showcased a story of women who had experienced similar issues that I have. I LITERALLY HAD TEARS OF JOY TO FINALLY SAY ‘LOOK AT THIS EVERYBODY , I AM NOT CRAZY & THE SYMPTOMS I HAD & CONTINUE TO HAVE ARE REAL & LEGITIMATE’ THANK YOU ERIN BROCKOVICH FOR ADVOCATING FOR THIS HORRIBLE & FAULTY DEVICE. I would love to be involved in any action against the makers of ESSURE.