After many years of not getting pregnant, I was surprised at age 35 when I found out I was expecting. My pregnancy was horrible and I was sick from the very beginning. From bleeding to kidney stones to blood & protein in my urine, being pregnant was miserable as I spent many nights in the ER or doctors office. Nearing the end of 27 weeks, I was place in the hospital to be monitored for a few days because I was swelling terribly and my BP was in the 200?s. Going from preeclamptic to eclamptic in a few hours, I was rushed into an emergency c-section 3 days later to give birth to a 2 lb baby boy at 28 weeks. It was STRONGLY recommended to me that I never have children again because I would probably die. The doctor who preformed the emergency c-section spoke highly of Essure and I read up it before making the decision that it was the right choice of birth control for me. This decision was not about my finance having more children, IT WAS ABOUT ME and MY health. Nine weeks after having my son I had the Essure procedure done in the hospital; I was told I had to be put under and couldn’t just do it int he doctors office because I had never dilated. The procedure took about 20 minutes and then I was in recovery. I slept the rest of the day and woke up the following day to MAJOR pain (I don’t know how someone could go to work after having this procedure done) and the doctor called in some pain pills. After about 2 days, I was totally back to normal and didn’t think a thing of it for several weeks. Then one day my left leg went completely numb so I called the doctor who was insistant this couldn’t have anything to do with the Essure. She had me come in for an x-ray where it was determinded that this had “absolutely nothing to do with the Essure” but it “must be just a pinched nerve”. So after two weeks of muscle relaxers I was back to myself. My periods have been regular and only about 4-5 days (1 day being VERY heavy). I have noticed more headaches, back aches, weird side pains, or hip-like popping sensations then normal but I couldn’t tell you if they are medically related to the Essure or my BP, stress, going through the terrible twos, planning a wedding, etc. I know that for me, Essure gave me the peace of mind that I will never have to worry about pregnancy or preeclampsia again. All in all, it was not a bad experience for me but I did feel like I got treated like I was “crazy” for even thinking Essure might have these weird side effects or questioning my own strange incidences after having it done. I am relieved to know that people are speaking up and educating other so that they can make informed decisions for them selves instead of letting doctors tell us whats best for us.