After waiting 10 years to add to our family, we received shocking news that we were pregnant. We were thrilled! After a pretty rough pregnancy, I had a beautiful baby boy. I decided that our family was complete. I truly didnt want any more babies, although I find my children to be a true blessing, because my body HATES being pregnant. My doctor suggested the ESSURE, explaining all the great benefits of it. Sounded easy and a great solution for me.
In February 2011, at the age of 31, I had the coils inserted. It was slighty painful, but my doctor had given me a pain pill and a ‘chill pill’. I went back for my confirmation test, and was relieved to hear that everything was in place and I was good to go. Over the last three years, I have explained many of the symptoms away as normal aging and the joys of womanhood. My periods are extremely heavy and cramping is very painful. During my period, I use a super plus tampon and a heavy flow pad and still have to change them every 15-20 minutes. I have horrible gas and bloating issues, where I’m ready to stab myself in the stomach in order to feel relief. I avoid ALL gassy foods for this reason, yet still have problems. I’ve gained weight. I was 220 when my baby boy was born, I am now 260. I’ve never been a small girl but I’ve also never gained weight like this. I eat healthy, exercise, and stay pretty active, yet I keep gaining. I finally went to a general practitioner to run test and to try to figure this thing out. I still hadn’t began to put these symptoms together with ESSURE. My doctor ran numerous test and everything came back fine, except I’ve now developed high blood pressure. She said this was probably the reason I had swealing feet and hands. So, I now take a presciption for BP meds and a water pill. This should have solved that issue. It hasnt. My feet and hands still swell all the time and tingle constantly. My BP still isn’t at a normal level even after 1 month of meds.
The day I found this website, I immediately began reading. I made notes, I printed out tons of articles, and realized I have a lot of symptoms that I never attributed to ESSURE. I have cramping and fluttering on the left side on my abdomen. I have a vaginal disharge and am experiencing incontinence. Intercourse hurts at times. I have horrible lower back pain everyday. My teeth have decayed and become brittle. My hair is coming out in clumps. I forget everything and am finding that I have to make notes to remember the simplest things. I can no longer wear makeup on a regular basis. Every product I’ve tried, from the expensive name brands to the cheap knockoffs, causes me to breakout by that evening. While people are sitting around with sweaters on, Im sweating. I’m falling apart and am now glad that I at least know why.
Ive made an appointment with my gynocologist who inserted the coils to begin my plan of having them removed. I’m a little dissappointed with myself. I should have done a lot more reserch before allowing a foreign object in my body.