I got the essure procedure done around the six month check up after my third daughter was born, early 2011. It was advocated as being a side-effect free procedure and the few that he mentioned there might be affected such a low number of women I had no concern.
In December my periods started acting weird, I spotted constantly and began having stretches of only 10 days or so where I did not bleed before I started bleeding again for 18+ days at a time. I went to my gyno who found that I had an ovarian cyst, 9mm, on my left ovary. At this point, the coils were where they’re supposed to be and the doctor said that what I was going through could not possibly have anything to do with the essure procedure. We scheduled removal of the cyst in June and as the date approached, I began to have issues such as dizziness, over active insomnia, extreme pain in my lower abdomen, sex was uncomfortable and I bled all the time. I also had my acne acting up to the point where I would take off my shirt and have it spotted with blood from my back.
I was miserable, unable to do anything without wearing a pad constantly, and looking in the mirror was a horrifying experience. The surgery occurred with no issues and the pain even stopped, briefly. The bleeding however was still occurring at the 6 week checkup. Now, I have been experiencing all of the above to the point where there are days where I cannot move, the pain is so excruciating.
It is typically on the left side, I cannot sleep, cannot drive a motor vehicle due to having unpredictable dizzy spells, bleed constantly, and have bouts of depression because I’m afraid this is never going to end. I unfortunately do not have health insurance and am buried under $30,000 in debt from the surgery to remove my cyst so I truly have no idea when I’ll have a light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully this get fixed. I am grateful though for finding out that I am not alone and that all of these symptoms are very likely due to the coils inside of me.
I know that sounds crazy but for the last year, I have felt incredibly isolated and as if my body, which was previously healthy, is going crazy on me. It’s a relief to know that there might actually be a reason for it.