I just had Essure done in December of 2012. I have been asking my doctor for years for a tubal ligation and she wouldn’t do it. She recommended I use Implanon so I did for 5 years. I got sick of the side effects from that and just wanted something non-hormonal so I could get my body balanced out. She still did not want to do a tubal ligation and highly recommended Essure. I was told that it was permanent, less invasive and less risky than a tubal ligation. The only warnings I got were that ‘If the procedure doesn’t take or the coils move, then we may have to re-do the procedure’ and ‘The coils are not made with nickel anymore, they are made of the same material that stints are made of that are used in hearts’. The paperwork that I got stated that they contained nickel. I called before my procedure and asked if I should postpone the procedure and get a nickel test done because I have a sensitivity to earrings. I was told no. I did my own research but never came up with any serious complications on the web or even the Essure website. I realize now that of course websites will only post the GOOD feedback from their clients and not the bad reports.
I haven’t had Essure that long but just within the last few months I have started having yeast infections which I have only had 1 in my life and I’m 32. I feel little twinges and pokes in my lower abdomen right about where my fallopian tubes are but just thought it was normal. Now everytime I sneeze or cough I can feel it more and more. I have a harder time holding my bladder and I am often bloated, crampy and fatigued. I am now worried with all the reports coming out now that maybe I either have a nickel allergy and these are causing the infections or the coils are moving and that is why I am getting these stabbing pains. My periods have been irregular starting and stopping then starting again. I have frequent headaches with a lot of cramping in my lower back, almost like I’m in labor.
I am now worried that these foreign objects in my body are doing more harm than good and it scares me. I din’t want to have anymore children and the birth control options that I have used in the past all had unwanted side effects. I have 2 kids and my fianc’e has 5. We just can’t afford anymore children. ‘I just didn’t want to have to worry and now I am scared’. I would have rather had more children than to anticipate when these other very serious side effects are going to happen to me.+
It’s not right that the FDA can just cover up or deny the side effects, especially when all these other women that were healthy before the procedure now have all of these problems. I really hope women see all of your work on this procedure and decide against it so they don’t have to suffer like we are. The FDA should really stop selling this and purposely hurting women with what seems like a miracle procedure which is now proving to be Too good to be true.