I am 44 years old and after my IUD failed, I had to choose an option. My husband and I don’t have children, nor do we want to become pregnant at our age. So, my doctor gave me several brochures on different procedures. One of them was Essure. My husband and I thought, great! A non surgical alternative! Were we ever wrong. The procedure itself is excruciating. You take meds to dope you up just enough to be awake, but not enough to make it remotely painless. When the procedure is done the down time is 2 – 3 days. It’s a very long 2 to 3 days of cramping and spotting. At first I thought they were okay and good to go. Here I am 3 weeks later and going into surgery tomorrow to have them removed and also to have a tubal ligation.
They began to feel crampy, then came the sharp pains. I feel like I have small pieces of glass in my abdomen. Thankfully, my doctor is on my side and if it’s not working, then it’s not working and let’s get them out. I have wondered though, how many people are out there suffering through it with uncaring doctors? When I first decided to get the implants, I did my homework and all the reviews I read were positive until I had an xray done of my procedure due to the pain. I googled ‘essure xray’ it was then I saw the horror stories. It made me wonder if the pharmaceutical companies paid a pretty penny to have all the positive reviews stack up first in my original web search. I’m glad though that I’m not alone. My advice is to not get them. If you have them, and there is any discomfort, take them out. I’m hoping that tomorrow, my doctor can remove them without a full hysterectomy.