In 2009, at the age of 27, I had been a single mom for 5 years. Working full time and per diem as an RN and raising a my son, I knew that I did not have the personal, emotional, or financial resources to even consider the possibility of another child. I felt that at that point in my life I was making a responsible decision to choose the option of permanent birth control with the Essure procedure.
I had worked as an RN in labor and delivery for several years prior and had heard from many trusted ob/gyn providers that Essure was a good option. I chose a provider that I knew very well on a professional level and scheduled my initial appointment.
The procedure was more complicated and uncomfortable than expected. The provider had difficulty placing the coils, so the procedure took approximately 45-60 minutes; much longer than I was alerted to in the pre procedure education.
For approximately 6 months after having theEssure placed, I had irregular menstrual cycles but no real problems. Then I had my first case of PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease).
Over the course of the next 18 months, I was hospitalized with PID two additional times, underwent an exploratory laparoscopy which revealed severe endometrios, was hospitalized again with PID, and ended up having to undergo an abdominal hysterectomy including removal of both tubes and one ovary in December of 2011.
Since having the hysterectomy, I have no longer experienced PID or gynecological problems. Looking back I would not have chosen Essure. Based on my experience, I would strongly advise women NOT to chose Essure for permanent birth control.