I had Essure procedure 4 years ago. I was 40 years old and my daughter was 2. It was really difficult for me to get pregnant but after many years of trying and having various procedures done I finally had my beautiful daughter. Afterward, I decided that I was done, too old to go through all of that again anyway. My doctor convinced me to get Essure. I have been having bad cramps constantly ever since. I also had menorrhagia so badly that I had to get ablation done to my uterus. I then had a period that lasted for over a year (so much for not getting periods again!) and after that they last about two weeks of every month. I don’t bleed as much as I used to but having to deal with a period for 50% of the time is no fun. I still have cramps on and off pretty much all the time and the mood swings are insane. I asked about the possibility of early menopause but was told that it was not happening. I was worried about Essure but my doctor had told me that all there was left to do was get a hysterectomy, so I’ve been too afraid to complain about it to him.
I just saw an article about Essure on Facebook and I lost it. I’m not so much afraid right now but I’m very VERY angry. I plan on consulting another doctor about getting Essure removed and getting a regular tubal done. Fingers crossed that that will do the trick.
On one hand it seems so completely senseless that other women have had such terrible (or even more so) side effects, but on the other hand it is very empowering to know I am not alone. I also think it is just ridiculous that we can’t get compensation! We were told this was safe and it isn’t. That should be enough.