i am a mother of 4 wonderful children. we decided after our 4th child & a dificult pregnancy that we would not have anymore children so we agreed on essure. it sounded as if it would work best for our situation. july of 2009 i went in to see my doctor & he scheduled it for the following week. it was an in office procedure, my husband took me, we ate lunch right after, no down time, & things were great. several months after, i started to experience pain in my legs and abdomen. my dr. said i must have endometriosis & decided i needed to have a laproscopic procedure done to fix this. several surgeries later & my problems are still there. i since have become very fatigued most of the time to the point of drifting off while driving, joint pain, tingling in my arms & fingers, frequent nausea, sharp shooting pain that feels as if it’s coming straight out of me, back pain, debilitating headaches some days and many other things. some days i feel as if i’m 28 in an 80 yr old body. i have had lab work done many times only to be told that i’m very healthy & there is nothing going on. the tests show one thing but my body says another. i was beginning to think i may be crazy & making these things up in my head. my family thinks i’m a hypochondriac most days. i truly am not, i do have this pain, and when i stumbled upon the stories here of these other women & realized that some of them live in the same shoes i do, it was instant relief. the tears flowed forever. i truly believe that essure is the root of my problems & am going to be seeing my doctor soon to see if we can get my insurance to at least somewhat cover the removal of this device. i want it out of me and soon! i am going to do whatever i have to in order to be freed from this. i will never again suggest essure to anyone. i would not have came upon this if one of my friends hadn’t ended up pregnant 18 months after having her essure put in.