After having my second child, my husband and I decided that we did not want any more children; so I decided to have the essure procedure done. Within hours of having the procedure I was in a lot of pain, having major cramps, and started bleeding; when I called my doctor I was told that all my symptoms were normal, so I never thought anything else about it. Three months after having the procedure I find out that I am pregnant with our third child, I questioned the essure procedure and decided to change my OBGYN. My third child was born 5 weeks premature because all of the fluid had leaked out. I decided to have my tubes tied after having my third child; when I woke up from the procedure my doctor told me that the coil from the essure was not in my left tube (this is the tube that I got pregnant through) and that the coil in my right tube was completely covered in scar tissue. My doctor went ahead and cut and tied both tubes just in case. I asked where the coil was, wondering if it was floating around in my body somewhere and the doctor told me that they could not find the coil anywhere in my body. This is the scariest part. THEY CANNOT FIND THE COIL…it may still be in my body, heck in may be embedded in an organ or sticking out of an organ. I may have even passed it after giving birth to my third child. But the point is that they cannot find it! I have always wondered if the coil was what caused the amniotic fluid to leak out (I could never prove this though). I have so many issues that are being blamed on having the essure procedure.
MY PERIODS: Now, I have never had what most women would call “bad” periods; I never had cramps, I never bled too much or too light, and I never had any kind of blood clots; ever since I had the essure procedure I am dealing with all of these issues.
CLOTS: I have at least two blood clots per period that are the size of an egg or larger. When I pass these clots it literally feels like I am having contractions on my right side. I have blood clots the whole time I am on my period, but only the larger ones cause the pain.
PAIN. The pain that is on my right side is so unbearable that I stay in a fetal position crying for at least two days on pain medication. The cramps that I deal with are extremely painful. I have had three children, one of them ALL NATURAL and I have never ever experienced this kind of pain before.
BLOOD: I now bleed extremely heavy. I go through (at least three days of my period) three pads an hour. I cannot wear any kind of tampons because of the amount of pain I am in. Tampons seem to increase the pain. Bleeding this much is not normal, I have been told this over and over again, but the worst part is is that no one will do anything to help me.
I know that I keep talking about my right side; this is because the coil from the essure is still embedded on my right side. I have done everything that I possibly can to help the pain and the heaviness of my periods like going on birth control. NOTING HELPS! I am now trying to get my doctor to do at least a partial hysterectomy on me. I am at the point where pain medication is not helping me. Once I come off of my period my body is physically and mentally exhausted, I have no energy and I am now anemic.
I wanted to share this with women because of how much my life has changed since I had this procedure done. First off I became pregnant with my third child, now I love my child dearly, but financially we didn’t think that we could afford another child (I wouldn’t give her back for the world now), but how would you feel if you were told that you were pregnant after having a procedure done to prevent pregnancy? I cried for nine months. Secondly, everything revolves around my periods and I mean everything. When I’m getting ready to start my period, my husband and all three children prepare for the worst. My husband has had to stay home from work to help take care of the kids so that I can knock myself out on pain medicine because of the pain. Ladies, I am miserable 6-7 days a month and no woman should have to suffer through what I have been going through. Do not have this procedure done, I regret having it done every month. There are other SAFER choices out there, stick with a procedure that has been around for a lot longer.