Lost in my abdomen…I was at a crossroads in my life when I was looking for birthcontrol. I am allergic to any pill form medication and latex and after a few discussions with my Mid-wife she suggested the Essure procedure. As I was older and already had a family and was ok with a permenant solution. This was my midwife so I trusted her to be more cautious and in touch with my needs for my family and my future. I did not have the opportunity to do resarch on my own to see if there were negative side effects out there and quite frankly was in such a state I did not eventhink about needing to do such research, espceiallywith the glowing recomendations my midwife was giving on the device. She scheduled me for the procedure with the doctor in the office. I had the procedure done in office with out any medications except a topical (remember sever drug allergies) and while a few moments of I feel that it was not painful perse’. That day I did have some cramping and discomfort but felt fine soon after. Several days later I had extreme pain. I was traveling home from work late in the evening and did not think I was going to make it. I called into my doctor the next morning and demaned an appointment and then demanded the insterts be taken out. He complied and I was in surgary for removal within a week. That week was hell, pardon my word choice. The pain was not something I can even tell you. I laid in bed unable to move for most of it. During the removal surgary the doctor that was doing the opperation had to call down the other doctor in the practice. It took both of them to locate the device which had perforated my tube and was lost somewhere in my abdominal cavity. They butchered me trying to find it. There are no records of my proceddure other than a date and time stamp and that is was completed. I ended up with a tubal ectomy on that side and I have no idea that status of the other side other than the tube is still intact. (so technically I could still get pregnant). They did admit fault for not completing my prevention requests and offered me a second procedure at their expence. This was only one of a few disapointments (to put it midly) with occurance with pregnancy prevention with this particular practice and two major procedures that they screwed up. No was I was letting them touch me again. They admited fault and offered a solution so my hands are basically tied for the persuit of legal action (how clever of them – obviously this was not the first time such situations occured). I went to anotehr OB office for my OB/GYN care and told the new doc of my plight and my continued pain levels even since the extraction. I told her my pain was NEVER less that a 2 and usually upward to 8 or 9. Her recomendation was just chew advil for the rest of my life. (obviously- she missed the allergic to drugs part of my medical form). It was clear she was unwilling to work with me on the situation so I chose to not persue my healtchare through this office either. It is 2.5 years since my removal and I still have constant pain and complications. I am blessed to be a massaage therapist and to have had one of the nations top instructors as my insturctor and as my frirend. I have had the most releif from her when she performs scar tissue reduction massage on my abdomen. (yes it is as painful as it sounds – however it is worth it as i can get through a few days of standing upright and being pain reduced). I know I will have to live with this pain and complications forever. There are complications with my period – frequency, how heavy it is, the cramping which i had never in my life experienced. There are problems with my bowls and digestive problems worse that my food allergies had ever enduced. It is my hope that we get the story out there of just how dangerous this procedure is and that no woman ever have to go through all these negaive and painful experiences.