After the birth of my 3rd child, I had the Essure placed in October of 2009. As someone with a high tolerance to pain, I just kept thinking the extreme cramping would subside. After about 2 years, it was getting unbearable. Monthly menstrual cycles were hell. The stabbing pain, heavy bleeding, nausea, and night sweats. I was terrified that there was something seriously wrong. I had stopped running/exercising and having intercourse with my husband because the pain and cramping would be unbearable. When I went for my yearly gyn physical, they decided to run some tests. The tests and ultrasounds were not clinically significant. After my pleading, my physician decided to do an exploratory laparoscopy thinking that maybe I had developed severe endometriosis. During surgery he removed my fallopian tubes, as abscesses had formed completely around the Essure tubules. I was told that they couldn’t completely remove the Essure because parts had implanted into my uterus, and that a hysterectomy may be needed to in the future. My physician could not believe that I had went 2 years with that kind of pain and infection confined just to that area. As someone who works in pharmaceutical and medical device development, I strongly believe that these need to be removed from the market.