I am a 34 year old woman who had a horrific experience with essure. I started it in 2009 when I went to my ob discussing my options for a tubal. He convinced me that essure was a great option and that the cost along with the recovery period was a whole lot better. He told me there would me little to no pain with insertion and that most women could re turn to work the same day. I thought this was great, until I had the procedure. I laid there grimacing in pain when he placed them. i have a quite the pain tolerance however I cried like a baby. (Note: I was able to have natural childbirth twice with limited medication) when I was assisted to the restroom to get dressed I had a syncope episode and nearly went to the floor then the nausea began. It took me around a week to recover from the procedure. Throughout the next two years afterwards I returned to my dr with severe bleeding and pain. When my dr refused to listen that I truly had problems I found another doctor because he could find nothing wrong with me; his only option was a hysterectomy. my new doctor thought that my problems was from endometriosis because he had not heard of any problems with essure. He scheduled me for surgery and I underwent two laparoscopic procedures to clean out the endometriosis. The pain and severe bleeding continued post two laproscopic surgeries. I am a nurse and would sit at my desk curled into ball with nauseating pain (i would turn pale as a ghost) finally i convinced him that the essure could be the problem. He did tell me that the essure was misplaced one of which was up against one ovary that had it so inflamed it was twice the size and the other had worked itself hanging down into my uterus where it caused me constant bleeding. He then removed both tubes and one ovary. The pain all but stopped after that but the bleeding did not so I had to undergo a total hysterectomy in 2012. I do continue to have pain with endometriosis but it is nothing compared to what i experienced with that metal inserted into my body. I compare the pain with mild menstural cramps and contractions. My doctor has told me since my situation that he has had other women with the same stories and once they are taken out their pain subsides. I don’t really know if what I experienced was due to an allergy to the nickel ( I was never tested) or just a flop in medical technology . I do not understand why there has not yet been a lawsuit with these. For any woman looking at these for an option to birth control, I urge you to run…do your research and do not choose essure.
Thank you for hearing my story,