After I had my yougest daughter, my husband and I decided we did not want to have any more children. We researched our options and Essure seemed to be the best one since there was no incisions involved and no downtime. We have 7 children, therefore, life is busy and neither one of us can take the time to slow down and recover from a surgical procedure. So I went to see my doctor and dicuss the procedure briefly.I thought I had done a great amount of research and had no further questions for him. Two weeks later, I went through with the procedure. The first couple of months I thought my body was just adjusting to Essure and since I had had a baby within 6 months, I was sure my hormones were just going a little bit craazy and that was the reason why I was having extended periods with very heavy flow…I decided to give it another six months and see if my symptoms got better….Early this year, 16 months after I had Essure implanted, I went back to see my doctor due to sever pelvic pain when exercising along with light bleeding after each work out…My doctor examined me and even performed an ultrasound which showed a ‘perfectly normal uterus’…my doctor asked me to continue exercising and watch my symptoms….I have frequents headahes which I assumed were related to my change in vision…’I’m getting old’ is what I kept telling myself….but now I wear prescription glasses and my headaches have not improved nor gone away….on top of it, I have spotting/light bleeding every time I work out and it lasts 2 days…and since I try to work out at least 3 times a week, I don’t know what is like not to bleed/spot vaginally…and the actual periods….very heavy and they last 10 days….Needless to say, I would not recommend Essure to anyone out there. There are other permanent contraception methods out there that have been around for a very long time…trying to save yourself from having some ‘down time’ is not even worth it since you may end up with much bigger issues that will result in a more extensive surgery and therefore, a much longer down time….