I am a 37 year old who had the Essure Birth Control implanted 3 years ago. I am a mother of 4 children, ages 15, 5, 4 and 3. I am going through a divorce, and my economical situation is difficult. I’m a working mother, a home health aide, who is the only financial support of my family.
The Essure coils were causing severe bleeding and constant pains in my back as well as in my right leg and right knee. I was bleeding so much it has caused me to become severely anemic. I went back to my doctors complaining about it and the only thing they said was ‘ it’s normal’.
Last year I went to Planned Parenthood for a second opinion, and they did a sonogram of the coils. They said it looked like one had moved and that there is still an opening in my fallopian tube. They also said it looks like it has a build up that doesn’t look like normal fibers. I have a horrible feeling it may be rust and that they didn’t want to alarm me. It is 3 years after implantation, and I have recently learned that I am 2 months pregnant. I asked about terminating the pregnancy and am told that my only solution is a hysterectomy.
I agreed to it but by the time I had all the blood tests done for the surgery – at my public hospital- they find that I am too severely anemic to have surgery right now and that they they “won’t risk it.” They put me on iron pills to build up my blood. If my anemia gets better by my next appointment the surgery may continue as normal. If not they would give me iron injections to accelerate the situation.
I am also fighting against time, because, the doctors said if the anemia doesn’t improve enough, quickly enough I will be over the 3 months maximum to have an abortion which is against the hospital’s ethics. They are telling me that the only way a legal abortion can be performed after the third month is if the pregnancy is putting my life at risk which, technically, it is not. They suggest I think about giving the baby up for adoption. I am desperate for help. If you need any more information, please email me.
thank you for your time
sincerely yours, Karina Rivera