My husband and I decided we were done having children after my youngest daughter was born in 2011. We wanted a permanent birth control method that didn’t require surgery and a lot of down time. In September, 2012 I consulted my OB/GYN about Essure. My OB/GYN, at the time, said Essure was a great way to go, virtually painless to ‘install,’ and I would be back on my feet the next day.
Well, it was an excrutiatingly painful procedure. My Dr. told me after he had completed the procedure that if he knew I was going to be as senstive (I have a introverted uterus that made the process all the more painful) as I was then he would have numbed me first. Really???? I was heated but it was over and done with, time to move on. Except that I couldn’t move on.
I could feel the coils every second of every day for the first eight months that I had them. I told my Dr. that I wanted them removed. I was told the only way to remove them was to have surgery and remove my fallopian tubes. I didn’t want surgery and didn’t really have the time saved up at work to be able to take time out to do that. So I dealt with the pain.
Around a year after I had the procedure done, the pain finally started to subside a bit. It has never completely gone away. Intercourse with my husband is very painful as I feel the coils when any kind of pressure is placed in that area, either from the inside or outside. I will randomly get excrutiating pain from the coils throughout the day–not every day but enough to serve as a reminder of how much I regret having the Essure coils placed in my tubes.
I switched to a new OB/GYN in August 2013. She informed me, as well, that the only way to alleviate the pain is to remove the coils but the only way to do so is to remove the fallopian tubes. I am scheduled for a partial hysterectomy this July.
I am over the pain and discomfort. I hope that any woman considering this procedure will read through these stories and really think about their decision to get Essure. It is the worst thing you can ever do! Get your tubes tied, stay on birth control, get an IUD–do anything BUT have the Essure procedure done!