In 2005 I was in a car accident that caused damage to both Fallopian tubes. I was rushed into surgery and had a dermoid cyst removed ( that I did not know I had) my left tube and ovary were removed as well as my appendix. My right tube was repaired. I made a full recovery and had no problems. I was told there was a 50/50 chance of conceiving. Being that I only had one child we tried for baby #2. She arrived in April of 2007. We did not want any more children and I asked to have tube tied. I was allergic to the tape from the epidural so it had to be removed and I was unable to have a tubal ligation. My Dr came to my room and said there was another option. It was a coil inserted into the tube and the tube built up scar tissue around the could and blocked sperm. He insisted there were no side effects, no hormones and the procedure took about 10 minutes. He exolaines that I would be out to sleep. I said no! Not after the reaction I had to the anesthesia after my surgery. He said that it can be done while you’re awake. It will feel like period cramps and that he could give me a pain shot prior. I asked questions. I asked what the coil was made of, how big it was, were there any risks at all? He told me the coil is titanium, it is the size of a pinky nail and there were absolutely no risks. I had Essure out in May of 2007.
Never was I told that the device contained nickel, PET fibers, that I would have to carry a card with me ( which I was never given) that I needed to wait 6 weeks after delivery.
I had the procedure in May 2007. I was given a shot of Toradol and taken into the operating room. I did know that I was this Dr’s first patient to receive Essure without being out to sleep. I never seen or was able to read the package insert. I was sent home 45 minutes later.
Very soon after I started to experience the following symptom:
headaches, fatigue, joint pain, insomnia, panic attacks, leg pain, bloating, all over muscle pain, weight gain, inability to lose weight, low sex drive, mood swings, memory loss, brain fog, pelvic pain, debilitating painful periods ( this was far more than menstral cramps, it feels like contractions and I am in bed for two days) very heavy menstral flow, strange reactions to medicines.
Mover the next six years I would be out through multiple medical test. Lab work, MRI’s, CT Scans, Nerve Conuction test, Hormone Function test, Psychological Evaluation, Cognetive Therapy, Counseling more test and multiple medicines to alleviate my symtpoms. Only to be told I am perfectly healthy and this all must be from having Fibromyalgia. Yes I have Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed in 2001. But how could it have gotten so much worse and what were these new symptoms?I had mentioned Essure to my PCP in the past but he knew nothing about it. Then I decided to see another PCP ( in te same practice )and I mentioned Essure. This Dr had done his research on Essure as well and throughly read my medical history and said everything has been ruled out. Your body is reacting to the nickel and the PET fibers are causing chronic inflammation in your body. He stated that he wanted the coils removed immediately. I called the OBGYN that placed the coils and he referred me to an OBGYN that removes them.
I am hoping to be Free of Essure very soon. My life has been hell for 6 years! I have lost job and racked up some serious medical bills.
This product is pure evil and needs to be removed from the market!