I had the Essure procedure in 2007. The Essure was required by my doctor for me to have the Nova Sure (endometrial ablation) procdure to prevent unsafe pregnancies. All doctors required birth control for the Nova Sure and most doctors I talked to or consulted with pushed the Essure procedure.
First, Essure was sold to me as a copper wire insert. If I had read anywhere on the pamphlets or heard from my doctor that the metal was actually nickel I would have not had the procedure. If I wear nickel earrings more than an hour I need to take them out do to itchy ears and sometimes redness/rash.
The procdure was quick and painless. Life went back to normal quickly.
Chronic back pain started 6 months to a year after. Sometimes I would feel soreness in the abdomen during ovulation. Over the past few years these symptoms increased and pain and became more regular.
During annual pelvic exams my ovary area was always tender but never a major issure until about 1 year ago. The tenderness in my ovary area increased. The doctor said I may have a cyst about 6 months ago but we monitored things. A few months ago my doctor scheduled an intravaginal ultrasound and found a 7cm cyst on my left ovary. She took bloodwork and my tumor markers were healthy. We waited 6 weeks and had another intravaginal ultrasound as well as a standard ultrasound to look at the ovary more effectively. The cyst has not grown but since the doctor feels it is a solid mass I am scheduled to have my ovary and tube removed this week. Currently the right ovary looks normal. If the right ovary develops a similar cyst and has to be removed I will have lost all forms of female homones, have to have HRT and my heart disease risks dramatically increase.