When I became pregnant with my son, my doctor and I had planned and scheduled a c-section so that I could have my tubes tied at the same time as delivery. However, when I went into labor, there was no time for the c-section and I was able to actually deliver naturally. This was exciting as the recovery time was so much better and I was able to experience everything – but it left me without getting my tubes tied at delivery.
Trusting my doctor, I agreed to have the Essure coils placed as permanent birth control. What she didn’t tell me was how painful everything would be after the fact. My cramps and periods were way worse, I began having frequent debilitating headaches, my sex drive was almost non-existent and when I would give in to my husband, it hurt.
3 months after the procedure I went for the exam to check the blockage. Only one of my coils had stayed in place. The other was gone! After calling my doctor, I found out that all 3 procedures she did on the same day had missing coils. The other two patients had actually seen their coil when it dislodged, but I did not. She then told me that she was contacting Essure to see if they would replace the coils for free – assuming that the package of coils were defective. I never heard back from her.
By then I did not want another coil inserted. I was in too much pain with just one of them in. So I went to another Dr. to see about getting my tubes tied and all they wanted to do for me was prescribe birth control pills!
Now – about a year and a half later – I am pregnant. I went to my family Dr. complaining of extreme pain in my ovaries, back, and thighs. Thinking I had a cyst, I was shocked to find out that instead I was pregnant. This was a week ago. The thought of having another baby is exciting, but very unexpected and not something I had ever planned on experiencing again.
I’m terrified that with these horrible coils, pain will follow me during my pregnancy and provide complications that I just don’t need. I would NEVER recommend them to anyone and want nothing more than to have a full hysterectomy when my baby is born to eliminate the need for any of this!