I am not a candidate for any type of hormone birthcontrol. I have tried pretty much everything on the market and have had horrible side effects from everything that I have tried. I only had one ovary as I had to have one removed in 2007 due to cysts. I decided that Essure, since it didn’t have hormones and was 99.99% effective, would be the way to go for me. On March 29, 2013 I had the Essure procedure done on an out-patient basis from my local hospital. The doctor stated that I had some scar tissue so I might bleed for a couple of days but everything went very well. I did have uterine bleeding but not for a couple or even a few days – I bled for three months straight. I wasn’t hemoraging but non-the-less, bleeding enough that I was very concerned. The doctor tried two estrogen hormone treatments throughout the course of the three month and neither worked to stop the bleeding. I had been traveling for work so upon my return I had the intra-uterine X-Ray scheduled for the first week in July. While laying on the X-Ray table, both the doctor and the X-Ray MD could not find the Essure spring in my falopain tube. Upon further searching with the scope in my uterus, they finally found the spring in my uterus ‘floating’ around. My doctor thought immediately that this must be why I was bleeding due to the material that is inside the tube causing tissue growth.
On July 29, 2013, which was the soonest that I could schedule a second surgery, again outpatient under general ansthesia, I underwent a tubal-ligation and removal of the Essure spring from my uterus. My doctor found no pathology what so-ever in my uterus and stated that the srping did not open as it should have which is more than likely why it had fallen out of my tube. He stated that he was sending it back to the manufacturer. Again, due to the removal of the tube from my uterus, the doctor stated that I might bleed for 4 days or so. I continued to bleed through Mid September and it wasn’t just bleeding – sheets of bloody tissue would fall out of me when was in the shower. The doctor didn’t have a good explanation for it so he decided to try to put me on a low dose progesterone to try to ‘kick-start’ my body again. Now, while the bleeding finally stopped, I have horrible almost migrane-like headaches.
The cost of two surgeries to the tune of several thousand dollars, two times under general anesthesia in a 6 month time-frame, bleeding for 6 months straight, this has all been an awful experience that I would not wish upon anyone! I have not heard back from the doctor to find out if there was anything that the manufacturer of the Essure device offered due to the issue with the spring not opening properly. I would not recomment against this procedure to anyone considering it!