My name is Shalia I am 30, but I was 22 at the time I got the Essure. I had just had my 2nd child and made the decision that 2 was enough for me so I began speaking with my doctor about a tubal. He told me to wait until my 2nd child turned 1 and if I still wanted to have a tubal that he would do it. One year later I returned to get my tubal once again he refused this time due to the fact that I wasn’t married so I began seeking a different doctor that is when I found Dr. Mclurkin. I met with him that week and discussed my desire to get my tubes tied that is when he refused to give me a tubal, but began to tell me of a new form of permanent birth control call Essure that he would do. He made it sound so great no surgery at all they could do it right there in the office and I would be able to resume all my normal activities the next day. He informed me that after there might be some light cramping and light bleeding, but other than that nothing. I was sold I returned 30 days later to get the Essure at 22 years old. I was given a lot of medication to take prior some kind of pain pill, ibuprofen 800, and a valium. Once I got there I was also given shots in my arm. The procedure they say is painless and last less than 10 minutes that is not true. My procedure lasted probably 45 minutes to an hour and I very much felt pain and a lot of it. My blood pressure also dropped during the procedure and I had to wait to leave after they were done until it came up so they gave me crackers. Once it was back up he sent me on my way telling me I might have light bleeding and mild cramps. Once I was home the pain began t get worse that night it felt like I was having a baby and I was much more than spotting. I had to suffer for days before I could call him though, because my procedure was done the day before Thanksgiving. As soon as I could I called his office and spoke with the doctor he said he would call me in some pain meds and if it continued to call him back in a few days. A few days later still there was a lot of pain and bleeding so once again I called and they asked me to come in he checked me out and said everything looked fine and sent me on my way. So I decided to wait it out the pain eased a little after a few weeks but the bleeding continued I bled for 2 months before it stopped. That is when I thought it was getting better, but I was wrong. I went in for my HCG test to see if my tubes were blocked and the coils were in place they confirmed they were. Over these 3 months I noticed changes I was tired all the time no matter how much I slept, I was experiencing pain frequently when having intercourse, I was having sharp pains in my pelvic area, lower back pain, and my bleeding was all over the place. I once again called the doctor to make an appointment this time he took some blood and put me on birth control pills. I asked him if he thought the Essure could be the problem, because I was fine before the procedure. I assured me there was no way my problems were related to the Essure. A few weeks later after my appointment I received a letter from the doctor telling me to stop taking the birth control pills because I was pre- menopausal at 22 years old. I did not believe it so I tried to get several doctors to see me most refused the moment I told them I had Essure the doctors who agreed would not listen to me. My problems just got worse has time went on in my early 20’s I had no libido, severe pain, chronic fatigue, was bleeding for months at a time, and had really bad joint pain. I was stuck though I had no insurance and couldn’t afford to keep seeing doctors who wouldn’t listen. This led to multiple trips to the emergency room where they would just give me a pain shot and pain meds and send me home. At one point I had a doctor decide to check my rheumatoid factor that measures the inflammation in your body I was told it was supposed to be 0 mine was over a 1000. I went on like this for 7 years up until about 5 months ago when my husband got a job with insurance I began once again searching for help. I was lucky enough that we had a new doctor in town and he was amazing he was so nice and understanding. He first did an exam and determined that my uterus was severely inflamed and decided to send me for a pelvic ultrasound. The tech doing my ultrasound asked if I had ever had IUD I told her no and she began to show me the picture on the screen and told me it looked like one of the coils were in my uterus. I went back to the doctor he then sent me for cat scan to see exact placement of coils. A few days later went back and doctor had my scheduled for a partial hysterectomy 2 days later. They took everything but my ovaries on June 12th I felt in instant improvement after surgery, but once again thanks to Essure I had a few more struggles at the hospital to get through. First they didn’t attach the cord for my catheter to my leg like they are supposed to and had me walking around. I kept telling the nurse something did not feel right after hours of complaining she checked and found the cord not attached to my leg so the catheter had been hanging pulling down my bladder while I was walking. Of course they took it out which was a relief. Second the nurse came in with pain medication she tried to give me 2 Percocet I refused I explained I had a low tolerance for pain meds she got mad but finally let me take 1 thank god. A while later I was awaken to a nurse frantically hitting my arm she told me my blood pressure had dropped to 80/40 and began feeding me crackers and other stuff to bring it up. She said had I taken both of those they would have probably been having to resuscitate me. My point is none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for Essure they push this product on woman and do not fully inform them. I was never tested for nickel allergy I was never told I needed to be that is just one example. It is so sad what so many woman have went through and are still going through. We go to doctors for help and advise and trust them and this is what we get it just isn’t right and something needs to be done to save others from going through what I went through. On a positive note I am 5 months post op and feel great it is amazing I feel like I am starting to get my life back and for that I am grateful.