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catmc79 Wed 24-Aug-16 12:39:54


I'm getting sterilised next week. i opted for essure rather than tubes tied/cut. I was wondering how painful it is and recovery time as kids are due back to school the day after procedure and if its going to knock me for 6 then ill have to arrange for some one to help with the school run. My understanding is that it is similar to getting a coil put and the whole procedure takes no linger than 30 mins with some mild cramping. I really hope this this the case and that i'm not going to be in agony for days hmm. I would be very grateful if you could share with me your experiences off essuresmile


catmc79 Wed 24-Aug-16 12:42:03

*longer not lingergrin

toribones Tue 13-Sep-16 13:40:52

Hi I am really sorry that I didn't see this before, did you have the Essure procedure? i had it for 3 years before having to have a hysterectomy to remove the coils in oct 2015. If you have any issues there is a facebook group called essure problems uk and ireland.

catmc79 Tue 13-Sep-16 14:34:28

Hi Toribones, I did have the procedure 2 weeks ago. Can i be very nosey and ask why you needed a hysterectomy? Was it down to essure?

toribones Wed 14-Sep-16 14:57:24

Hi catmc79 Yes, unfortunately, it was due to Essure. I had the procedure in June 2012 and began to become unwell within about 3 months, first I started having bouts of IBS and by that winter I was suffering with chronic joint pain and then chronic fatigue amongst other symptoms. Over the 3 years that i had essure my periods went from 28 days and normal bleeding/pain etc, to 20 days, painful and very heavy bleeding lasting for 7 days or more and ovulating was excruciating. It wasn't until the beginning of 2015 that my husband pointed out that all my health issues had started from the procedure, I then googled (as you do ;) ) and was horrified to discover all the controversy surrounding Essure and I found and joined the uk and ireland facebook group. By the time I had my hysto in october 2015 I was in a terrible state with symptoms effecting my skin,joints, memory, hair, eyesight and stomach. They don't tell you when you have the procedure that the only way to remove it is a hysterectomy and sadly this is what i had to do. I am almost a year post op now and luckily so much better but, still very angry that there is so little understanding by the medical profession of how bad this product is. Did they tell you when you had the procedure that the coils are not just metal? I wasn't told that they contain PET fibres, which are the same plastics that bottles etc are made of. The PET fibres are in the coils to cause inflammation of the fallopian tubes, they cause fibrosis which is what blocks your tubes. However, these PET fibres are known endocrine disruptors and the reason they tell you not to refill water bottles as the plastics leach into the water! I think what happens is that in some people it doesn't cause a localised inflammation, it causes a systemic inflammation effecting the whole body. I really hope that you are ok, but please bear in mind that many women are fine for several years before they start to have symptoms, so keep a close eye on your health as it might not be gyneacological symptoms to begin with. If you are worried then please do join the facebook group as they are incredibly helpful. So sorry to be the bearer of bad news sad Out of interest, where did you have it done? xx

toribones Wed 14-Sep-16 15:00:43

catmc79 Wed 14-Sep-16 16:55:00

Toribones i was told very little other than chances of pregnancy are lower with essure than with tubal litigation and that its the prefered was of sterilisation these days. I just thought that the coils used where metal and wasnt aware of the other chemicals involved. I will definitely be keeping an on my health after reading your story. Its sad that you had to endure that for so long. I hope that you are recovering well after your ordeal.
I had my proceedure done at my local hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland

toribones Wed 14-Sep-16 17:07:38

i'm much better thank you, most of my issues disappeared after my op. The chances of pregnancy are actually higher with essure, there have been hundreds of babies born in the US, they are known as ebabies! There are quite a few ladies from Northern Ireland in our facebook group, so if you do have problems you won't be alone! I really really hope that you are ok with essure, it might be worth joining the group anyway as they have lots of info and its a good way of keeping an eye on whats happening in the states and the legal action here etc.

catmc79 Wed 14-Sep-16 17:36:59

Ive asked to join the group, it'll be good to have people to talk to if anything goes wrong. I'm shocked to hear that about the pregnancy rates, my gyne dr said it was more effective. Thats why i chose essure over getting my tubes tied. Fingers crossed im one of the lucky ones who doesnt get affected. Thank you Toribones for all your information youve gave me. I will definitely be keeping it in mind for the future

toribones Wed 14-Sep-16 18:30:03

You're welcome, hope it all goes ok for you.

toribones Wed 14-Sep-16 18:38:50

This just came up on my facebook news feed!!!

Sunshineonacloudyday Fri 16-Sep-16 11:09:52

Thabk you for posting this thread.

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