Hi, my name is Jenn. I am 42 years old. In 2006, after the birth of my second child, I knew that I did not want anymore children. I went to my doctor to explore my options. She told me about Essure. I thought it sounded great because it was non-invasive, with minimal down time for recovery. I was extremely certain about not having anymore children. I had the procedure done, and as promised was up and running quickly with little pain. Things were great for about a year. Then I began to experience extremely heavy periods. They became painful and accompanied by migraine headaches. After 6 months of putting up with this, I went back to my doctor. I was told that I wasn’t a candidate to go on birth control pills for another unrelated medical reason. I couldn’t have an IUD, or an ablation because I had the Essure procedure. So, that left me with obscenely heavy periods that I had to learn to manage. In December of 2012, I broached the topic again with my doctor. The heaviness of my periods accompanied with the amount of clotted material I was passing was becoming ‘unmanageable’, and I was beginning to lose time at work. Her answer then was to do the Merena IUD. I had a hysteroscopy done to rule out any problems with my uterus. In January 2013, I had the Merena placed. I am still experiencing migraine headaches and moderate to severe cramping. My periods have changed as well. Instead of 4-5 days of exceptionally heavy flow, I have my ‘lighter’ periods for 2 full weeks. Much more manageable, but not what I had been hoping for. I suspect that I have cysts on my ovaries as the pain during ovulation and during my period is excruciating. To top it all off, my OB/GYN office closed in July permanently, leaving me to find a new doctor and figure out where I go from here. If I had never had the Essure, there may have been another alternative to combat the heavy periods. I was sold on the ease of having the Essure done, not realizing the consequences I would face later on. I fear my only option now is to have a hysterechtomy.