Oh my! As I read the stories on this website I really wished I hadn’t had this done either. It has taken me months to write my story but here I am.
My name is Bridgette and here is my story.
In 2009-2010 I had the Essure procedure done. I am a 36 year old mother to four wonderful boys. My youngest was 2-3 at the time and I had decided I was not having any more children. I had almost decided a tubal ligation was best however I had an aunt who had that done and ended up having two more children so I wanted something more set, so my doctor suggested the Essure. I went home and read over the brochure and read it again and thought WOW this is great, exactly what I needed. Had the procedure done and was out of her office within an hour. Things were fine for awhile and I thought wow maybe I am one of the lucky ones who wouldn’t have any side effects, BOY WAS I WRONG!
I would like to say the first symptoms were not really serious or so I thought and brushed them off as age, but the more I read and read the more convinced I am otherwise. It started slowly with weight gain nothing serious just slow weight gain, and even though I’m not a fitness buff I was always busy and active so the weight gain dumbfounded me, six plus months later BAM unexpected pain in my lower left abdomen, then the heavy bleeding started, bloating and OMG! even more weight gain (i’m not a big eater I eat 1 meal a day by the way), then the pain got worse – I couldn’t lay flat any more my insides feel like they are on fire, and a couple of months ago the right side started hurting and my periods have become very irregular and much more heavier. My period was lasting 3-4 days and really heavy on day two and three with almost a box of tampons gone through. I am now having big blood clots along with my now 2-3 day periods and light bleeding all month.
My OB said the only thing that can be done is a hysterectomy because of the ESSURE and me being sterile already there isn’t any other option which I am most certainly ok with however my insurance isn’t. The hysterectomy is going to cost $12,000 and I cannot afford to pay that out of pocket and I do have state insurance (I can’t work because of the pain, I cannot be active on my feet longer than a half hour otherwise I’m crying in pain) but the insurance company is known for denying those procedures (I’m screwed).
I am telling my story to warn others doing their research on the procedure to RUN from it, please don’t have it done. Yes things were fine for awhile but the long term effects are not worth the one hour procedure.