If I knew then what I know now, I would have run from the doctors office as fast as I could and never looked back. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and I made a huge mistake.
I had my daughter in 2004 at 24 and knew I didn’t want any more children so temporary birth control just wasn’t going to work for me. I had completed research on different types of birth control and after much thought, I decided I wanted a tubal ligation. My family gyn doctor whom I had went to since I was 16 and she delivered my son (so she was dearly trusted) explained to me about this wonderful non-surgical procedure that wouldn’t be painful nor would I miss any work time. It was the newest and most permanent birth control available. I was more than happy to go through with it. I mean come on…. No surgery? No down time? No scars? Done.
Shpartly after the procedure, I just didn’t feel like myself. I was tired all the time, I had a ‘gut’ that I had never ever had before even after children, my hair thinned, I was having heart palpitations, dry flaky skin, etc. I thought that it was just me. I was getting older, 2 kids, 2 full time jobs.. I figured i was just doing too much. Each Doctor I saw wanted to put me on antidepressants or tell me that nothing was wrong. I felt like I was crazy that I was just being a hypochondriac. Finally, on of the doctors tested my thyroid and I had hypothyroidism; however, even with all the meds, I didn’t feel any better. I still feel terrible all the time. I finally heard about Essure and the problem thousands of women were having. I finally felt a relief that maybe I wasn’t crazy that maybe just maybe I could have this removed and get my life back. its been long 11 years and I finally have a doctor that will listen to me that I see next week. I pray that this nightmare will end soon.