I received the Essure procedure six years ago after the birth of my second child. My husband had been deemed ‘unfit’ to get a vasectomy. Essure was my second birth control choice. My OB-GYN tried twice to place a Mirena IUD, but my uterus is a bit ’tilted back,’ and it was unsuccessful.
I was unaware of any potential side effects from the Essure procedure apart from ‘some potential cramping’ during the follow-up procedure to ensure that the Essure was properly positioned. This disclaimer in itself was misleading, as that follow-up procedure was one of the most excruciating I have ever undergone – far worse than natural childbirth and c-section recovery.
Since the Essure procedure I have experienced intermittent, but extreme, stabbing pain in my lower abdomen. I have also been bloated and seen a dramatic change in my bowel habits. I have been tested for IBD, colon polyps, and ovarian cancer (including a TV ultrasound). All negative except a nebulous IBS diagnosis. I never considered the possible connection between the Essure procedure and my ongoing abdominal health problems. I will be bringing this to the attention of my practitioners next month. I’m not concerned with monetary compensation, I would just like my quality of life back.