Update on my story. Thanks Erin for posting it! I had the surgery to remove the Essure product on Wednesday. I had only had the coils in for 3 weeks, and during the surgery my doctor found that he could not remove them via the vagina, the way they were put in. He found that the coils had caused a cyst or sac of fluid that was the reason for my pain. Due to this, he had to remove both my fallopian tubes. The surgery took two hours, and during the removal of the Essure product, one of them broke in half. He managed to get all of the Essure coil out. I had a previous surgery 25 years ago to remove a cyst on my right ovary, but I am unsure of whether or not that was a factor.
Right now I am in recovery at home. The pain from the surgery was excruciating the first two days, but thankfully I have hydrocodone to help with the pain. As I was lying in my bed, I still wondered how many women just dealt with it, thinking that it’s acceptable for the coils to bring any kind of pain. This product is not normal, nor should it be allowed into our bodies. I imagine how big that sac or cyst would have gotten, what type of infection it would have brought on had I not been proactive about my health and well being. My next step is to contact Bayer and ask them to pay my insurance company back for the surgery that I shouldn’t have undergone had their product been safe. Also, I plan on making my insurance company aware that the Essure coils are not foolproof. Perhaps if they don’t provide coverage, women would go the way of tubal ligation. On a sad note, the Bayer representative that attended the original procedure stated that the Affordable Health Care Act is no longer going to offer tubal ligation as an option, and allow the Essure product to take it’s place. This must not happen…..I am but one individual in a sea of women that have had this procedure. I hope that enough of us speak up to stop the hawking of this product.