I wish I had researched before I had this procedure done. I have six beautiful children and essure seemed to be the most simple permanent birth control solution after my last child. The 10 minute, virtually painless procedure took at least 30 minutes and was extremely painful (the doctor has trouble finding one of the openings to my tube)… so much so that I didn’t even go back to have placement checked because I was too afraid of the pain. I decided I would rather have another child than do that again. Since then, my periods have been HORRIBLE (note that I did not use birth control pills before this, so I DO know what my periods were like before). Sometimes I will be sick for a week with my period. There is always at least one day that I am down. I bleed so much heavier. Tampons are not an option. Sometimes I feel like I’ll bleed to death. Cramping is much, much worse. I also have random pain in my left side near my hip bone. Almost like something poking. I have bad bloating, especially in my belly. I have no idea if my other symptoms are related, such as lack of energy, and a BLAH feeling a lot of the time. I have gone to the doctor and had blood work and an ultrasound, but everything was normal. I’m not sure what I am supposed to do now. Suffer?