I was 24 years old when I had Essure 3 years ago. I had a 3 year old son, a 3 month old son and found out I was pregnant again with a 3rd unexpected son. I had just started Nursing school and was very overwhelmed with the news of another baby. On top of that it was found during my pregnancy with my middle son that I had a heart condition and I was told that I should not have anymore children due to the strain it would put on my heart. I went to my physician requesting a tubal. I was at a emotional and vulnerable spot in my life. My Dr refused a tubal and only gave me the option of Essure, he said that Essure was the only procedure he would perform. He gave me little information on this only that it was permanent and nonsurgical and could be done in office with little down time. This sounded like the perfect option for my busy life.
I went in to the appointment to get Essure. The procedure was so painful I had to ask the Dr to stop. He seemed annoyed and said that we would just schedule this to be done with sedation in surgery and sent me home. A week later I went to the hospital and was put under to get this procedure. When I woke I was discharged. I recieved no information about the procedure, no ID card. I was told that my insurance would cover Essure and I was never informed of the need for the confirmation that was NOT covered by my insurnace. Because of this I never was able to go get my Essure confirmed.
About a month went by and I started to notice puffiness and swelling around my eyes. I was constantly tired. Then one morning I woke up with an excrutiating pain to my right side and bloating. I went to my family doctor and he checked me for an ectopic pregnancy. Luckily, they found nothing. Then the next month the same pain on the oposite side. I was finally told this pain was from my monthly ovulation and have had to endure it every month for the past 3 years. This pain is so severe that I get dizzy and feel like I will black out. I also have UTI’s about once a month. I randomly breakout in hives that has to be treated with steroid treatment, which I can only take occaisonally because of my heart condition. I am allergic to Nickel and was never made aware that Nickel is in Essure. I suffer from Migranes and body aches often as well as lower back pain. I have also battled Yeast infections and discharge, which I have never had a problem with before Essure. Since getting Essure I have also gained 41 lbs in the past 3 years and have been unsuccessful in losing this weight.
I feel like Essure was the worst uninformed decision of my life and that my Dr took advantage of my delicate situation.