My name is Cherith and I have 4 beautiful children. My husband and I had twins the last time and we decided that we were done. We wanted something permanent and non-hormonal so I talked to my doctor about my options. I was told about the essure procedure and she did it in-office a couple months after the babies were born. For the procedure itself, I was put under, and I started to wake up towards the end and the first thing I heard my doctor say was, ‘She’s bleeding like a stuck-pig!!’ Talk about a bedside manner!
My doctor did not tell me that I would need to go to the hospital for the dye test, nor did they tell me about any of the ‘possible’ side-effects from the procedure. They forgot to set up the dye test, and I had to call them and ask about it. Then they kept forgetting to call the hospital to ok having the test done and it was almost 5 months before I actually got the test done. I got the ok that we were 100% sterile, but at that point, I didn’t care. I had been getting my period every 2 1/2 weeks and it would last for a week. That meant that I was only getting about 1- 1 1/2 weeks without a period.
Just last month, I didn’t get my period and I was concerned. I kept taking pregnancy tests and they were negative, but I wasn’t sure. I finally got it, but it was much later than usual. Then it went away. Then I had intercourse with my husband and I went to the bathroom afterward, and was bleeding all over the place. Then this month, I was spotting pretty much the whole time in between my last period, and then my regular period came. It was a week before I was supposed to go on vacation, and I thought, ‘Great, now I won’t have my period while I’m on vacation.’ My period still has not gone away. I came back from Mexico, I had been bleeding so much that I bled through an ultra tampon in less than 15 minutes. I’ve gone through over 100 tampons, and tomorrow will be the end of week two of having my period. I went to my doctor today, but I don’t have insurance and had to pay $100 just for an office visit and she gave me estrogen, which is the exact reason I got the essure in the first place. I didn’t want to take hormones. She said I might start bleeding again when I finish the pills. My back hurts really bad, I have cramps and it seems like the bleeding gets worse when I’m more active. I have FOUR children, my twins aren’t even two, how am I supposed to not be active? Now I have to get an ultrasound and I don’t have insurance. I am so upset that I am having to go through this. I don’t want more kids, but I don’t want to have miscarriages. I don’t want to spend my life bleeding all over the place. I am so frustrated and hate that anybody would have to go through this.