I had the Essure procedure done in May of 2011, after serious decision to go off of birth control, trying to keep myself from puttting any more estrogen in my body. My sister had just been diagnosed with estrogen fed breast cancer.
The procedure was horrible, my husband went with me, and was in the room when they performed it. The doctor had ‘issues’ finging my tube on the right and was stabbing me with the probe. It was painful! My husband spoke up and said, ‘there is the opening’ pointing to the screen. He knew that i have a high pain tollerance and was in a great amount of pain.
The ‘speedy recovery’ was not so speedy. I was out of commission in pain for the weekend, (i had the procedure done on a Friday) and was still having pain on Monday, a little less, but not able to ‘do normal household activities’ that I was informed most women were able to do.
For the next 4 months, i was having intermittent pain on both sides, and finally could not take it anymore. I went in to the doctor who did the procedure and she did an ultrasound, the devices were still inplace, and stated that my pain had nothing to do with the Essure; it was just my age (going on 40) my weight (5’8 and 196 lbs) and well basically I am a woman, it happens.
It has been over 2 years now, and I have experienced ‘stabbing’ pains on both sides, in the area the implants are. I know that is what the problem is, because i feel spasms and shooting pains in the same spots intermittently throughout the month. My monthlys have become so heavy that I have to use both extra super tampons and pads for two days, in the bathroom every hour literaley or I will have a huge mess. My husband is so worried for me, says how can I function like that? Well, not too easy. I dont sleep for those days, as I am in the bathroom all night every hour. I have many large clots and excrutiating pain. (sorry so graphic)
So, this has been going on and getting worse for the last 2 years, this April I was in such pain; couldnt sit, stand straight and so nauseated that I could not eat that I went into the doctors. I was told I had a cyst that burst on one of my ovaries and a nabothian cyst on my cervix. Had surgery to ‘lance open’ the nabothian cyst in May, and for the next two months, things were a little better. But suddenly last month….. period in 3 weeks; heavy; clots; painful; intermittent stabbing pains on both sides….
My mom saw on the news that a lot of women were experiencing similar issues and told me to check it out. I was shocked at the amount of women having similar and even worse issues than me. Unfortunately, I figured that I will jsut have to deal with the issues. My physical is in Dec and I was going to ask for an ultrasound to see if there were more cysts, but have a huge suspicion my issues have to do with the Essure. Wish I had gone traditional tubal.