In 2011, I was pregnant with my fourth child. My husband and I decided that our family was complete, so I discussed permanent sterilization methods with my Doctor. Since I delivered all of my children naturally he did not want me to go through invasive surgery, such as tubal litigation. He suggested Essure, a non-surgical alternative. On October 21st, 2011, I was implanted with the Essure device. My life was forever changed.
Within three months of having Essure I found myself in the emergency room with symptoms of high blood pressure and an increased heart rate. The ER ran some test and drew blood, but they were not able to draw any conclusions. I decided to go to my family physician. He performed additional tests and drew blood, as well. Again, no conclusions. I was diagnosed with hypertension and prescribed medication. From that point, my body continued to experience changes. I started getting rashes all over my body, experienced daily headaches, abdominal and pelvic pain, back pain, depression; the list goes on.
In November 2013, I discovered the Essure Problems Facebook group. As I was reading the stories of women in the group I became overwhelmed with emotion. It was as if I was reading about myself. After two years of inexplicable health issues, I finally discovered an answer. Immediately, I scheduled an appointment with my OB/GYN. Thankfully, my Doctor was willing to remove the Essure device based on my symptoms.
He scheduled my surgery in December 2013. He removed my fallopian tubes which contained the Essure device. Unfortunately, six months after the surgery I continued to experience symptoms. It was discovered that, prior to the surgery, a piece of the Essure device from my right fallopian tube, had broken away from the device and was imbedded in my uterus. So, another surgery was scheduled. At the age of 33 I was given a hysterectomy. While recovering in the hospital I had to have a blood transfusion. I was discharged. Six days later I was sent back to the hospital for another surgery to remove a large hematoma that had developed from the previous surgery.
Even though the Essure device is removed from my body, my health will never be the same. Since the surgeries, I have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease, Connective Tissue Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Vitamin D deficiency.
Essure has not only damaged my mental and physical health, it has hurt my family, too. My husband has had to watch his wife suffer inexplicable pain without being able to help. He had to watch while I was being wheeled away surgery after surgery within a short period of time, and not knowing if I would make it out alive or if I would be the same person. My oldest three children have said they want their fun Mommy back. My youngest child has never known that side of me. I spent most of his life not being able to hold him because of the physical pain it caused me. Before my first surgery my four year old son asked me if I was going to die, and would he have a Mommy anymore. No child should have to fear losing their Mother from a permanent sterilization device.