I had the Essure procedure in July of 2012 at the age of (nearly) 42. After several years of struggling with secondary infertility, lack of insurance covered treatments, and maxed out finances for ANOTHER round of IVF, I decided to throw in the towel and enjoy the life I had with my husband and teenage son. I decided to do an endometrial ablasion because every period was just a painful reminder that I WASN’T pregnant, but was told I would need a form of permanent birth control because my uterus would no longer be able to support a pregancy on the slim-to-zero chance it happened naturally. The doctor encouraged Essure because it was minimally invasive and had almost no downtime.
Several months after the procedure I was STILL having a period, only this time they were worse than ever before. They were heavier and every month I consistently spotted in between (as in, a period which lasted almost two weeks!). All the while, more times than not I was waking up in the morning with splitting headaches.
So there I was STILL getting periods AND having permanent birth control!
I don’t know if Essure had anything to do with heavier bleeding, or if it could have been a combination of Essure + ablasion, but I ended up having a full hysterectomy in December 2013. I wish I knew of the issues regarding Essure prior to any of the procedures, but also shame on me for not doing more homework and research into Essure! Had I not trusted the doctor, my story may have ended a little differently.