My name is Brandy and after having my second child and divorcing my husband, I decided to look into birth control options. I could not get an IUD because my cervix is too high and I am too forgetful to take pills plus I had already been on the shot for over 10 years from puberty until that moment when I wanted to just make a permanent change. I talked to my doctor and he recommended Essure. I asked all of the questions that a general patient should ask and scheduled the procedure. It was painful, to say the least. I made it through and went back for my 3 month checkup, which showed the procedure was successful. I thought all was done and moved on with life. About 2 years after the procedure, I got laid off from my job and lost my private health insurance. About 6 to 9 months later I started experiencing increased heaviness in my monthly cycles along with extreme breast tenderness. I had never had either problem before. Without insurance, I just dealt with the discomfort without seeking medical assistance. Finally after the persistence of the symptoms along with excruciatingly painful headaches, I found a clinic that would see me. They ordered a sonogram which showed that the lining of my uterus was extremely thicker than normal. They couldn’t do much else except acknowledge the issue and told me to see an OB/GYN. Not knowing this would happen, I chose education after being laid off and still sit here with no health insurance, luckily 7 weeks away from graduation. However, over the last 3 years, I have been to the emergency room for debilitating cramps, taken tons of medicine for the intense headaches, been embarrassed having to run to the bathroom every 15-20 minutes to change the highest absorbency tampon they make, and now spotting almost 2 weeks out of the month on top of the immensely heavy monthly cycle. I only get 7 days relief without nausea and/or blood. I am at my wits end for help and we have no one available that can see an uninsured patient in my area. Not to mention, I am allergic to nickel and had no clue that is what they were inserting into my body, they never asked.