My name is Melissa. I am 34 years old, married and have 2 children. After years & years of heavy periods, cramping & just plain misery I decided to have an abaltion to try and help with my periods, my sister-in-law had recently had the same procedure done and it worked great for her and I had talked to my Gyno about it several times. My dr suggested that since my husband & I were done having kids and I was going to have the ablation that I could have the Essure Procedure done at the same time. Well I thought that it was a good idea, less evasive than a tubal…so in April 2010 I had the 2 procedures performed under general anesthesia in a hospital. I had an ultrasound done before to determine if all was clear for surgery & all was determined to be good. A few months after the procedures, I went into a deep, dark place, as my husband describes it. I went to my MD and was put on an anti-depressant. I went back at the 3 month mark to have the confirmation test done and it was SO PAINFUL. The catheter kept being pushed out and actual confirmation of the coils being in places was never made, but my dr said my tubes were probably blocked since the solution kept pushing the catheter out…i was in so much pain I couldn’t think and even the nurse made the comment to me that she’s never seen in hurt that bad!! He told me at my next appt with him that he thinks the abaltion didn’t work because my uterine cavity is to large and that the confirmation test was so painful for me because I had the ablation and he won’t do that with patients anymore.
In December of 2010 I started having really bad back & hip pain. The health issues just continued….all over body aches, fatigue that no amount of sleep could make better, headaches that NO medicine would help!! Most days I would get up, get my kids up for school, take them to school, come back home & go back to bed until it was time to go back and pick them up. Days that we didn’t have to leave the house was something I looked forward to…it took less energy. It’s caused a lot of issues with my husband because he couldn’t understand why I wasn’t keeping up with the housework, laundry, dishes, etc. Finally in July 2011 went to my MD and told him I couldn’t live like this anymore and told him my symptoms, he did bloodwork. The results sent me to a Rheumatologist and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in Sepetmeber 2011.
In February 2013 I went for my annual Check up with my Gyno and a week later got a call that i had an abnormal pap (FIRST ONE EVER!!) and a positive HPV which scared me to death. I went in March 2012 for a follow up test, he did a biopsy and tested for cancer which came back negative and said he felt comfortable seeing me back at my yearly in Feb 2014. Shortly after my Feb 2013 check up, I have almost constant cramping, spotting/bleeding between periods, pain in my ovaries, sometimes bleed after intercourse & cramping after intercourse, just overall discomfort in female area. I started searching about the Essure & my mind was blown at what i was finding and the stories of all the other women that were having health issues similar to mine and I started thinking back that this could be the cause of it all!! Went to Gyno Aug 2013, explained all problems I’m having and told him about what I had discovered about Essure and he won’t even consider that it might cause problems. Scheduled me for an ultrasound, which they located my coils and found i have a cyst on my right ovary which he tried to tell me was causing all my pain!! So now I’m in search of a new GYNO. I’m tired of being in pain and feeling sick and wish i never made the decision to have either procedure done, I thought I did enough research about and its something I will regret the rest of my life.