When my 25th birthday hit, I headed to the OBGYN to finally get my tubal ligation. The Doctor at the military hospital would not do them till then. When I got there she told me about a new procedure called ‘Essure’, she said it was more effective than the tubal. It was an in office procedure (so I wouldn’t have to be out of commission with my husband deployed and 2 kids) and that I would be off birth control by the time my husband returned. OK yeah sign me up sounds great….or so I thought.
After arriving at the hospital to have it done, the 15 minute procedure turned into 1 hour and 15 minutes, including them forcing it into the left tube. I left the hospital in extreme pain. The next few weeks were excrutiatingly painful for me. I kept telling the OBGYN that something was wrong, and nobody listened. Finally after about 2 months of fighting she decided we would remove the tube to see if that helped. We had to wait for my husband to return though from deployment.
After the surgery she informed me that it had indeed broken through the tube and was close to puncturing the uterus, and that it was swollen and about to burst anyway. I really wish she had of listened sooner. To this day my periods are normal flow, but the cramping pain is horrible on the right side (remaining tube) and I suffer from horrible migraines. It’s been 3 years now and I still warn my friends against this.