I made a decision to not have children long ago, for personal reasons. I went to the local health dept. to see if I had any other options then to remain on birth control. I was 33 at the time and had been on the pill since I was 17. The ONLY option I was given was the essure procedure. I went into surgery on October of 2008. I felt as I thought I would that day after the surgery…. cramping and abdominal swelling after the surgery…then when I had my first period after the surgery I right away noticed horrible cramps way before i actually started. My cramps were so bad, that I almost went to the ER….each period got worse….and then I had to go back after six months for the dye injection which is to date, one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. As I was laying on the table and the injection of dye began, I started crying and then pleaded with the Dr. to stop because of the pain…The Dr. said that because I had never had children my cervix and uterus area was quote, ‘small and tight’ so this was gonna cause me more pain…as he continued I started to pluck out strands of hair, not even realizing that I was doing it because he had to continue something that was severely hurting me. I went into a panic attack because it was so forcefully painful…it is not normal to have something forced into your tubes that is such a thick liquid at such a fast speed for the sake of an X-ray to see if the procedure months ago was successful…at that time it was and the springs were in the correct place and no liquid went through…but what about now? what about 10 years from now…How will I know if the springs have moved? I remember leaving the Dr.s office with hives on my neck, crying hard and feeling like I was going to vomit and my mother had to pull over SEVERAL times on the way home because I thought I was so nauseated. I hate even thinking about that day…I swear I was traumatized. Today…I am 37 and I get maybe two weeks a month if I’m lucky, where I don’t have to deal with symptoms of this BAD decision. My periods consists of horrible cramps…one side is usually worse than the other…My groin area hurts so bad that lifting my leg (like to walk up stairs) is painful…so, long walks are out of the question and I have declined to attend several important life events out of fear that I would be hurting and ruin my time and others around me.. Ovulation causes me cramps and the bloating is ridiculous…it makes my stomach literally protrude out as if I am pregnant and I go up in weight normally 5-7 lbs of fluid every month and then back down again after my period, and most of it sits in my lower stomach area. My mother actually got concerned to see how bad my stomach was sticking out and told me that it could not possibly be good for my health. I have an appointment at the end of October 2013 to see if I can get a full hysterectomy and remove this mistake and while I’m at it, I might see if there’s pill to heal the regret of my own ignorance that I have for ever letting anyone do such a new procedure to my body………
Fact1: My periods were NOTHING like this before the procedure
Fact2: The brochure I was given before surgery stated there would only be ‘mild’ side effects if any…..
Fact3: THEY LIED