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Essure And Side Effects


For those not wanting children Essure seems like a dream come true. Two little metal tubes that get inserted into your fallopian tubes. No operation… can be done in the doctor’s office and boom after three months it is all set. This is because after three months there is scar tissue all around the Essure coils and no sperm can get by.

 What are the side effects of Essure? Are there any that we know of? And how bad are they?

 Here is a list of complaints that women have written about as well as those listed in the pamphlet for Essure placement.

 Pain during insertion- Can be mild to moderate. Many women compare this to bad period cramps. Yes, there is usually a mild anesthetic used. What happens in some cases is that one of the fallopian tubes will spasm and one of the coils cannot be inserted and the procedure will need to be repeated for the side with the spasm at a later date.

The next symptoms usually come right after the insertion process.


    • Nausea
    • Dizzy
    • Bleeding
    • Cramping
    • Bloating
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pressure on bladder

 What has not been discussed on medical websites but is being written about by Essure patients is the same symptoms that women with tubal ligation procedures experience. It is a condition called “Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome”. Though many in the medical community are not acknowledging this it is a very real condition that is affecting many women.

 Finally, is Essure reversible? Yes it is, but only by very experienced surgeons such as Dr. Gary Berger and Dr. Charles Monteith of Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center. In the next posting I will discuss how this Essure Reversal is performed.


October 8, 2009 - Posted by | Dr. Charles Monteith, Dr. Gary S Berger, Essure removal, essure reversal, Infertility, post tubal ligation syndrome, pregnancy, ptls, tubal ligation, tubal ligation reversal, tubal surgery, womens health | , , , , , ,


  1. Its very sad that the Doctors that perform the Essure procedure refuse to believe that problems do happen after the coils are placed correctly. Thank God for Dr. Berger and Dr.Monteith!

    Comment by 11Needles | October 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi 11Needles,

      As Essure becomes more and more popular I would not be surprised to see more issues and problems coming to surface. I just recently read an article where the coils are slipping out of the fallopian tubes and becoming “lost”. I have also heard reports of the coils causing tears. Only time will tell but we are lucky to have the best surgeons available for those who need/want them removed.

      Comment by vervilledeb1 | November 18, 2009 | Reply

      • Sadly being military spouse makes those great Drs not available to us i had esure placed almost a year ago also told the doc i have severe nickel allergy and she is a major and head pf gyn here she said wont affect me!!! I’ve had allergy reaction since day one of essure and now having be on narcotics for daily severe pain and bloat all over badly noticeably I’m petite too the doc is deployed and I am stuck until they have an opening because pregnant women go ahead of gyn

        Comment by Joy | March 6, 2012

    • hi

      I’m one who did get a tear. in April 2010, almost 6wks after having the coils placed i went to my OB in extreme pain. after an ultrasound i was sent directly to the hospital for emergency surgery asthe tear hafcauseda massi e infection i had to have my stomach cimpletely opened
      . I LOST MY LEFT TUBE AND OVARY!! spent 5 days in the hospital extremely sick just the hospital bill was $20,000.

      women are not being given all thefacts i know all heard was how wonderful this procedure was.

      i now live everyday with pain and am a total hormonal mess due to the lose of my ovary.

      i am looking intp filing a lawsuit against Essure i have also filed a complaint with the FDA

      Comment by kelly | February 13, 2011 | Reply

      • I had the same thing happen to me! It tore through my tube and also my uterus. As with you, they removed only the problem tube and ovary. Why they didn’t just take them both at that point is beyond me, because they couldn’t prove the other tube was successfully blocked and there was concern of tubal pregnancy so I had yet another surgery to remove the other tube and coil!! What a pain. This whole process took about 9 months, and 3 surgeries/procedures. I will never, never, ever recommend this to any woman!!

        I want to know if a lawsuit will ever be filed against the manufacturer or this device. I have been waiting for three years!

        Comment by MarciM | January 30, 2013

      • I am also intrested in the lawsuit for my complications. If anyone hears about anything my email is it may take years look at the lawsuit for the mirena and the mesh. That shouldve been about three yrs ago

        Comment by jen | February 1, 2013

      • I received information that Claudine at Sheller Law frim was taking information from patients who experienced problems with ESSURE. I called today at (215) 790-7300 and ws informed that they are no longer pursing a suit. How unfortunate for the many women like us who have been through so much pain and emotional stress due to complications with ESSURE. I don’t know if ther are other firms considering.

        Comment by Melissa McIver | February 25, 2013

      • Contact Erin Brockovich at She is working on all cases.

        Comment by Shannon Harper | February 26, 2013

      • Really?

        Comment by Melissa | February 28, 2013

      • You need to contact her through her webpage at

        Comment by Shannon | March 3, 2013

      • This is an invalid email address.

        Comment by Melissa | March 1, 2013

  2. I had the essure procedure done one year ago and have been bleeding ever since. Some days are light spotting, other days are heavy like a period. The irregular bleeding began the day of the procedure, but never stopped like the doctor or essure website said it should. HELP!

    Comment by Angela | March 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Angela,

      I can image how awful this must be for you! You are more than welcome to call one of the nurses @ (919) 968-4656. There is no fee to speak with them on the phone and you can even ask questions on the message board if you do not want to call. If you choose to use the message board here is the link:

      Keep us informed and let us know how you are making out.

      Comment by vervilledeb1 | March 4, 2010 | Reply

    • You need the get a nickel allergy test. let me tell you my story. I had the essure inserted 11/07. I bled for 4 months and experienced severe diarrhea (1 1/2 yrs.), abdominal and pelvic pain, swollen glands in my groin, hemmoraging ovarian cysts, night sweats, nausea, weight loss (20 lbs.) My gyn didn’t think it was their responsibility to address any of my symtoms. my regular dr suspected later i had chron’s disease. my bowels are normalizing but I still have a lot of pain, nausea, feeling I’m sweating but I’m cold, and night sweats. I found out 2 weeks ago I have a nickel allergy. It’s well worth it to get tested. b4 having been tested i asked my dr what symptoms would be and he replied abnormal bleeding. Life has been absolute hell since getting the essure.I’m trying to find a surgeon in Maine. my husband and i have been raising 5 kids all the while.

      Comment by courtney | March 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Get a nickel allergy test. I’ve been through hell since 11/07. I’ve had days I thought I wasn’t going to make it I’ve been so sick. I bled for months. I just had a nickel test. it was positive. I’ve been desperately trying to prove it was the essure making me sick. the symptoms I had were unbelievable. my regular dr said bleeding was a symptom of nickel allergy with the essure. My gyn denied it had anything to do with it and turned me away in helping to treat my symptoms. I am now trying to find a surgeon in Maine

      Comment by courtney | March 21, 2010 | Reply

      • omg, I live in Maine too and my Doctors are starting to at least hear me but it took a lot of cohersing on my part and I had to let them know that I was not stupid and throwing in a threat to call an attorney was my last resort but it was the only way they would listen. I am going for a nickel allergy test on the 20th of this month because I have had nothing but problems from this procedure. I am really hoping it will come out positive so they will remove these damn things, they say the only way my insurance will cover it is if I am allergic and being a single mother of 3 and a full time student I really cant afford to pay for a reversal or else I would have had it done already. Best of luck to you, I am working with the obgyn clinic at Me. Med.

        Comment by Sarah Barrett | August 5, 2010

  3. Hello Angela. I had a lot of problems with the Essure. I had it removed August 26, 2009 with Dr. Gary Berger. You can view his web site at Widh you all the best of luck.

    Comment by 11Needles | March 4, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hi! I have posted a lot on the forums about the problems associated with the essure procedure and my question to you is that you seem to be acknowledging that there are problems with this procedure. Can you not help to see that this procedure is not done. Can you not contact the FDA or speak with other doctors. I’m sorry but it seems that no one seems to care. It is a win win situation for the company and the doctors. The company makes money by selling the devices to the doctors, the doctors make money doing the procedure and if there is a problem then the doctors get to make some more money when the patient has to have further surgery. When are doctors going to take a stand and help those of us who have been victims of a truly bad procedure. Surely there is some doctor somewhere that will help to see that this procedure is stopped. I am so very disappointed in doctors. I always thought you looked out for your patients. It seems we are just a way to make more money. If you are serious in wanting to help women who have had problems then take a stand. Help us get this horrible procedure stopped.


    Comment by Kim Myers | March 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello Kim,

      I do understand that there are problems with this procedure. But, what you do need to know is that I personally am not a physician. If you read through some of the other posts I write that Essure can be reversed without having to have a hysterectomy and that it is possible to become fertile again. Do I think that there are major issues with the procedure? Yes, and I think with it being so new we will continue to see problems arise. What am I doing writing about it? The answer is I want women to know that when there is a problem and they make phone calls and keep being told that it is not reversible that the only way to get Essure removed is to remove the female reproductive organs. The fact that Essure can be surgery removed without removing the reproductive organs is what I am trying to convey.

      Would you mind telling us what problems you have had with Essure? The more women know the better they can make an informed decision about this procedure.

      Comment by vervilledeb1 | March 8, 2010 | Reply

      • I had Essure a couple of months ago. I went in this past Friday for the HSG and was told that the coils are now in my Ueterus and that the placement was a failure. I am now waiting for my doctor to call me and notify me of what will happen next. I am really scared over this situation and was wondering if anyone can let me know if this has happened to them. Also will I have to have the coils surgically removed?

        Comment by Mendy | October 11, 2010

    • Kim.

      Do you know of any lawsuits. I’ve filed complaint with FDA. A coil caused a tear. I was rushed to surgery had my stomach completely cut open and lost my left ovary and tube. I’ve had cramps pain and periods everyother week since losing my ovary.

      Women need to know ALL the facts about this. I was so misguided in the safety of this “totally safe procedure”. That cost me 5 days in hospital and a nice huge scar and I’m down an ovary.

      Comment by Kelly | February 14, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi! I am thankful that someone is posting information about getting the essure metal coils removed. It is very difficult to find a doctor who even knows what to do when there is a problem with the metal coils. I assume that you work for Chapel Hill and I think it is great to get the info out to women that someone knows what to do. My question is that if the doctors at Chapel Hill know that this procedure is causing many women problems, why aren’t they speaking out. Help us to get the info out about this procedure. Most of us have already found out that we cannot depend on our doctors to help us. Can we depend on the doctors at Chapel Hill to help make women and other doctors aware that this procedure has major problems. Can’t the doctors help see that women do not have to experience all the problems that can go wrong and the additional financial expenses that women end up having to pay. Does any doctor care anymore? I was duped into this procedure. I’ve done my research. I’ve read the clinical trials. I know that the CEO, the Vice President & other top execs at Conceptus the maker of essure metal coils are already selling their stock. This company has never made money, it offers huge incentives for doctors to do the procedure. They appear to be trying to ramp up what looks like sales of the metal coils in order to keep people investing in the product while they quietly sell their stock and are making millions. I firmly believe that this is a bad product. I just ask that you ask your doctors to take a stand against this procedure. They know there are problems. Help us please. There are so many women being hurt by this procedure. There are many who cannot even afford to get the metal coils removed. Help us doctors from Chapel Hill.

    Comment by Kim Myers | March 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Kim,

      Yes, I do some work for Chapel Hill which I am sure you can tell by looking at my blog. The reason that I am posting so much about Essure is because like you and many others I have been researching and learning what is happening to women. As 11Needles has already stated, Dr. Berger has tried to contact the makers of Essure to no avail. Are you guiding women to report the problems within the proper channels? If not, then this needs to be done.

      Both Dr. Berger and Dr. Monteith dedicate their careers to helping women. I do not know if you have actually gone to the website but they also acknowledge Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome which many other physicians will not hear of. They are now in the process of collecting data from patients for the sole purpose of trying to alleviate the suffering of women who have been plagued with this.

      My main concern with the Essure is that not only are women having problems but they are being told it is not reversible. 11Needles wrote a blog post explaining what she had to go through just to get the procedure reversed. Not only is she very courageous but she would not give up after being told by numerous people in the medical field that it could not be reversed at all. If you have a chance please read this-

      Women are being misguided and the only way we are going to help is to keep pushing to get the word and information out there. We have no clue how many women are going through exactly what 11needles and many others have been through. Education on our part is going to be the key to success.

      If you do happen to find anything else that may be informative to women please pass it along so that we can all benefit. We will get the word out but we must work together and find the right solution. You have given me some very interesting information!

      Comment by vervilledeb1 | March 9, 2010 | Reply

      • Hi! Yes I am directing women to make reports to the FDA which by the way is and can be complicated to do. The company nor the doctors seem to be willing to make those reports as they should. I understand and truly am grateful that finally other people are beginning to realize the problems. That there are some doctors who know how to remove the metal coils. I will definately refer women who are having trouble to you clinic. This is not intended to be an argument. It is intended to ask for further help. We need someone in womens health to help get this procedure stopped before more women are hurt. This procedure hurt me physically, emotionally and really destroyed my confidence in doctors especially the ob/gyn doctors. It hurt me financially but I’m luckier than some in that I was able to afford to have them removed. Contacting Conceptus is not going to help. They were contacted when I had problems, they said they just couldn’t see how the metal coils could be the problem. When I finally got an xray that showed there definately was a problem, they responded that even though the coils were metal that they were actually very soft so they didn’t see how it could be a problem. Conceptus will not admit the problems they are having it would be the end for them. The doctors need to talk to the FDA and to other doctors. As I said I am asking the doctors to step up and speak out against this procedure. Help us make women aware and doctors aware. We need help. I do have lots of info and am very willing to share. It might be best if you contact me by email and I will give you those sites. Most forums do not allow posting links

        Comment by Kim Myers | March 9, 2010

  6. Kim,
    I think its important for you to know Dr. Berger attempted to speak to the makers of Essure however they refused to talk to him. I was lucky to be able to get the funding for the reversal and I am well aware that many women can afford it. I am grateful for everything Dr. Berger has done for me.

    Comment by 11needles | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi Kim,

    First, I know that nothing here is intended to be an argument and having gone through your experience I commend you in speaking out! Not only are you trying to tell others what you have been through you are also trying to keep others from the pain and expense of having to go through this nightmare.

    I will certainly contact you through email. The more I know the better I am able to help or at least point women in the right direction. And again…thanks. 🙂

    Comment by vervilledeb1 | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  8. I don’t know what to do or where to go. My primary physician hasn’t been able to find a dr to remove the coils (as i just found I’m allergic to the nickel) I don’t trust my gyn who I just left. He also diagnosed me with IC. Which I don’t believe I have. The “treatments” he was injecting was actually causing the pain they described of ic which i had never experienced prior. I refuse to let him touch me! My husband and I are raising 5 kids in Maine and my insurances won’t approve me elsewhere.

    Comment by Courtney | March 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Courtney! I am so sorry that you are having problems. I don’t think there is enough attention being paid to the potential for allergic reactions. I am trying to get everyone to post where they have had their metal coils removed. The aphrodites forum & the womens-health forum has lots of posts about the problems with the essure metal coils. You can post and hopefully someone can give you any info that they may have in your area. I also encourage you to make a report to the FDA.

      Comment by Kim | April 3, 2010 | Reply

      • I’ve been on the FDA website. Where or how do I make a report? I am set up to see 2 different dr.s now and hoping one of them will do the surgery!

        Comment by Courtney | April 10, 2010

      • Post on Aphrodites about FDA. There are people on there that know how to do it. They can send you private messages there that no one else can see so exchanging info is more private.

        Comment by kr | April 13, 2010

      • I found a dr. in Rockland Maine. Dr. Candace Keene at PenBay Woman’s Center.

        Comment by Courtney | August 5, 2010

  9. Courtney,
    I am very sorry to hear that you are having problems with the Essure device. I really hope that it all works out.

    Comment by 11Needles | March 29, 2010 | Reply

  10. 10.Hi
    My name is Yvonne and I’m new to this blog thing, but I need some advise. I was scheduled to get the essure place this Tues April 13th 2010. Well after doing some research and reading a mess of negitive things about it, i’ve cancelled my appt.. Problem is, is that i don’t have alot of birth control options. So I’m ging to try my best and give you the short version of my medical history. (I could write a book.) I hope someone can give me some answers.
    I Have a history of ovarian cyst. In 1994 my appendix ruptured, i had it removed. After that surgery i was in and out of my gyne’s office in alot of pain for about 2yrs, until she agree to do lapo surgery. She found a mess of scar tissue, said it was from my appendix surgery. But the pain never really went away. A couple months later i got pregnant and ended up having him 3mos. early in 1997. (He is now 13.) 2001 and only after moving across the map to find a Dr. willing to go back in my stomach and explore. He was going to look for endometriosis but found a piece of my appendix stuck on my bowel, which ripped a hole in my bowel and more scar tissue. He never got a chance to see if i had endometriosis. I was laid up for a month, luckily i didn’t need a colostomy bag. But i have alot of bowel problems now. A couple of month after recovering i got pregnant and ended up having a miscarriage and needing a D&C. Then about a month later i got a DVT (blood clot) in my left leg. Well in 2004, after 8 yrs. of not using birth control.( was told scar tissue blocks my tubes) I got pregnant. I had to be on blood thinners the whole pregnancy, i had unexplained bleeding for the first 5 or 6 mos. I got so constipated i was hospitalized for 10 days. Thank god he was full term. My little rug rat is 5yrs.old. So now that i know i can get pregnant without having surgery first, I got the depo shot right after delivery. I was on depo for 3mos before i got the Mirena IUD. The Dr. that put it in, put it in wrong. I lived with the worst pain in my life for 2yrs. and bleeding everyday. The first time i went to get it removed, they couldn’t remove it, it was stuck in my uterus. So i left in more pain having to reschedule. It was finally removed 2wks. later without surgery. I then decided to go back on depo shot. Because of DVT i am very limited to what birth control i can take. 6 mos. later and 50lbs heavier, i give the IUD another chance. But this time i had the Dr. who did the studies on it and trained the Drs. put it in. Everything was good until about 3mos. later. The pain started but without the bleeding. So now after alot of thinking it through My husband and I have decided the risk are to great for me to get pregnant again so to get something permenant done. But the Drs refuse to go in my stomach and do a tubal. Say there maybe to much scar tissue, they may not be able to see my tubes. So i agreed to get the Essure. But common sense says to me that if the IUD causes me pain, there is a great chance the Essure will also. And after reading the horror stories about it, i really don’t think it’s for me. I hope someone can help me. I’m tired of being in so much pain all the time. I would like to try and get my body back to as close to normal as it will get.
    Thank you

    Comment by Yvonne | April 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi! Sounds like you have been thru a lot. Has your husband ever considered a vasectomy. I know most men don’t like the idea but it would be much safer for him than for you to have anything done. Not meant to be a put down but from what you wrote, you are like me in that if something can go wrong it does. If you have the essure metal coils & there is a problem then it will take surgery to remove them. The Essure coils are designed to cause scar tissue. The scar tissue is what blocks the tubes so I would imagine if they were placed wrong, then they could cause scar tissue to form wherever they wound up. Have you checked with other doctors? My personal experience with the essure is bad. I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy.

      Comment by kim | April 12, 2010 | Reply

      • Oh, I also wanted to add that if you had that much problems with IUD’s then maybe your body does not like foreign objects. Mine certainly didnt’. Do research & as the other lady said ask the doctor what happens if there is a problem? Don’t let them fool you about there aren’t any problems with this procedure. Make them tell you what they will do if there is a problem, how they will fix it? How much will they charge you to fix it if there is problems. Good Luck

        Comment by kr | April 12, 2010

      • No doubt. Hadn’t we gone through enough before the Essure that the men should get a vasectomy.

        Comment by Courtney | April 15, 2010

      • Hi Ladies,

        As Kim has stated make sure you get answers to your questions. Another thing that may really help is getting those answers in writing. The thought of having a problem with a procedure and then having to go back to the physician only to be told that he/she doesn’t remember saying anything to you about if a problem arises. This is the only body you have and do not be afraid to do as much research as you can.

        Comment by vervilledeb1 | April 15, 2010

  11. Yvonne WOW! I am sorry to hear about the troubles you have had. You have a very dificult decision to make. Have you talked to your ob/gyn to see what if anything they can do if you do get the essure and have problems? I have heard that if its within a certain time frame your Dr. Can remove? I am by no means a medical professional and No, the essure did not work for me but each to their own right? I wish you all the best of luck!

    Comment by 11Needles | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  12. I am supposed to have Essure procedure 4/28,after researching I am now scared to follow through. I am 37 and just delivered my “surprise baby” in March. I have four boys and do not want or need anymore children. I have not had much success with the pill and am afraid to use Depo anymore. I have a big decision to make!

    Comment by Tammy | April 14, 2010 | Reply

    • don’t have it done,i had it done 2yrs ago,and now i bleed all the time!!! i’m lookin into having mine removed!! wish i hadn’t done it

      Comment by hope | August 29, 2010 | Reply

  13. I had this procedure done in 2007 and have not had any problems from it. My only concern is that I no longer have any desire for sex. It may just be coincidence that I have lost interest, but I am looking for info just to be on the safe side.

    Comment by Sherry | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  14. Omg after reading these comments I am SOOO having second thoughts. I dont know if anybody has any advice/comments for me…here I go! Well I was taking the birth control Yaz for about 1 1/2 yrs before I got pregnant with my second child. After having him I decided to go back to the same pill since it actually did work good for me…well BIG mistake. I had my son on March 09′ and ever since about May or June of that same year I would bleed like non-stop but not your regular ol’ menstrual bleeding but severe HUGE blood clots that felt terrible coming down. My doctor had no clue on why I was bleeding and said that maybe my birth control was doing that so of course he prescribed me another birth control. After taking it for about a week and was promised that I would no longer bleed espically not like that of course it continued. I made a choice… what if I drop my birth control, get pregnant and do something permanant. So after dropping the pills I got pregnant with my third child in October of 09′ and mind you as soon as I stoppped using birth control I stopped the horrible bleeding so I know for a fact that I can no longer take that kind of contraceptive. So after reading 50/50 on the Essure procedure I now have another BIG decision to make. I go through so much during my pregnancy’s (sewing of the cervix to not have miscarriages) that I dont know if I can take another failure with Essure. i just dont have the will power anymore. Thanks in advance to anybody that has any sort of advice or comments to give me…greatly appreciated!

    Comment by Vanessa | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  15. I had Essure placed in March 2010. I have 2 healthy girls and choose to have no more. A tubal ligation was not a large possibility for me due to the fact that I had an umbilical hernia repair with mesh and it may be difficult to navigate in surgery. I chose for the less complicated outpatient Essure. I just had my hystosalpingogram and my fallopian tubes are now blocked. I have had no extra bleeding other than my 28 day regular cycle. I have had no symptoms of the Essure placement or side effects so far. Will cross my fingers that I get none in the future. Every procedure can have complications and unwanted side effects. Educate yourself to make the best decision for you.

    Comment by Courtney | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hey
    I had the Essure prcedure about a year and half ago and hadn’t had any problems until 6 months after getting it done i started experiencing a lot of abnomial pain and feel very nausea. I went to my dr the did the procedure to see what he thought was going on he reassure me that he didnt think it was the Essure and wants to do a Laparscopy to see what is going on inside my stomach just wonderinf if anyone else has went through the same problems?

    Comment by April | June 11, 2010 | Reply

    • the pain and the nausea have been the most ongoing symptoms and it was a few months b4 my symptoms started. I’ve had although last night I started bleeding heavily again (I haven’t had abnormal bleeding for a couple years now)..and not sure if I should just call my dr today or just wait it out. I’m allergic to the nickel in the Essure. Happy to say I found a dr. I don’t care to have it reversed but I finally found a dr to do a partial hysterectomy which I’m scheduled for July 7th. I personally suggest getting a nickel allergy test April. It’s simple and could tell you a lot. I had laproscopic surgery b4 finding that I had the allergy and all they found was a cyst which I’ve had a few of since the Essure. When I was screened for the Essure I was told the chances were slim I had a nickel allergy and here I am waiting to have it removed.

      Comment by Courtney | June 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi! Does your dr have other thoughts as to what may be going on with you that requires laproscopic surgery? What tests have they done?

      Comment by kr | June 25, 2010 | Reply

      • The dr. claimed I had intersticial cystistis. Which was pure crap! I had frequent urination but it wasn’t painful. But I also craved fluids constantly so drank a lot of fluids. The dr was giving me pills and bladder injections and when he began that I actually began having bladder issues to the point I was wetting myself. He would never admit to the fact the Essure was an issue and claimed it was all my bladder. I finally refused to see him. Once he received the report on the nickel allergy test he offered to remove it but I lost all faith in him and eventually found a dr. who agreed I needed it out and had a partial hysterectomy on july 7th.

        Comment by Courtney | August 5, 2010

  17. I can’t stress enough how simple a nickel allergy test is and how worth it it may be for women with the Essure of whom are having negetive effects to have it done

    Comment by Courtney | June 22, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m still shocked that the drs aren’t speaking out about this procedure. It is great that they can remove the metal coils but instead of just advertising that they can remove them for profit, can they not help to get this dreadful procedure stopped. It seems to be a win win situation for most drs. They make money when they place the metal coils and they make money when problems arise. When will the drs start caring about what happens to women instead of profit? Sorry harsh I know but it appears to be the truth. Just so you’ll know I am still directing women to the clinic because some can’t find drs to help them. I just thought maybe the drs might step up & help make it known that this is not a good procedure. In my opinion there are more risks associated with this procedure than other options.

      Comment by kr | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  18. i got it 3 weeks ago…all been good

    Comment by rose | August 13, 2010 | Reply

  19. I had my essure put in on aug 18 which was wed by Friday I felt pretty good but by sat I had started bleeding and Sunday I started cramping and Monday I started a low grade fever I went back to the dr and he told me I have a bladder infection and put me on infection meds but I only cramp when I am setting or lying down but I can turn a certain way and the cramping will go away or get stronger I just don’t think it is a bladder infection he said the essure went great and he doesn’t believe that is what is causing this I don’t know what to do

    Comment by Racheal | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  20. I had Essure done in August of 2009 and have had basically no side effects from it. Sex is painful sometimes but a quick change in position fixes that. I LOVE my Essure. It was the best decision I ever made.

    All birth control options have a chance of messing with you because it ‘doesn’t agree’ with everyone. There is a risk for all forms of birth control. Essure had the least amount in my opinion when compared against tubal ligations and vasectomies.

    Comment by Mara | October 12, 2010 | Reply

  21. Check out Aphrodites forums on Essure. They devoted a whole subforum to essure due to so many posts.

    Comment by kr | October 25, 2010 | Reply

  22. can someone help me? I had the essure done 8 days ago and am bleeding profusely. My dr can’t find anything wrong with me. I am in penvic pain, and bright red blood with huge clots. He claims it is my period. It is NOT my period. I have missed work, and am a physical and mental wreck. I was fine before this procedure, and just had my period. I do not know what do to.

    Comment by maryjean | October 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Bleeding & pain indicates there is a problem. I cannot say for sure that it is the metal coils but I do know that if it wasn’t going on before having the procedure then it would seem likely that the metal coils are the problem. Go to Aphrodites forums. Print some of the posts, go to maude fda adverse events & print some of those to take to your dr so maybe they might be willing to admit that it might have something to do with the metal coils. Many of us had problems trying to convince our drs that the essure metal coils could be the problem. I also believe that the pregnancys & adverse events are not being reported by the company nor the drs. Contact the FDA with your problems.

      Picabo Street was being paid by Essure to promote the procedure, she is pregnant. They are trying to say it was because she got pregnant before having the 3 month HSG test. I’m not finding anything much except Essure statement.

      Comment by kr | October 30, 2010 | Reply

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  24. please do not do essure procedure
    I have chronic pain post essure removal
    essure punctured my tubes and now chronic
    pain and problems with ovulation and periods
    considereing hysterctomy to alleviate pain
    obgyn will not accept essure ruined me!!!
    She says it is my age 43 perimenopause
    Bullshit!!! NO previous problems prior to essure. Considering sueing esure for damaging my insides. Needs to be pulled from
    the market.

    Comment by des | December 18, 2010 | Reply

  25. Des,
    You state that you had your essure coils removed? Did your ob/gyn do this?

    Comment by 11needles | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  26. I just had the essure procedure done 6 days ago. I had some abdominal pain the first few days but feel fine as of no. Surprisingly no bleeding! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t get any! I wish that I had done more research before getting it done. I would have definately gotten a nickel allergy test beforehand!

    Comment by Jennifer | January 27, 2011 | Reply

  27. hello

    i just posted a message in a reply more at the top of the page ive lost an ovary and tube due to a coil making a tear causing a massive infection i was sent to emergency surgery and spent 5 days in hospital with a $20k bill to show for it getting this procedure has seriously hurt my quality of life

    i have had serious problem having lost an ovary as a direct result of getting Essure

    i want justice for all the pain this has caused me and my family women need to know what has happened to many of us who have had Essure im scared everyday that i have one left in my ONLY remaining tube. if it tears i could lose my 2nd ovary thanks to essure

    yes i am going to contact essure and file a lawsuit please any womanwho has had problems file a complaint with the FDA we need to get someone to listen!

    Comment by kelly | February 13, 2011 | Reply

  28. Hi! I had the Essure 11/9/2010 and have had severe back pain since; literally the day after the procedure it began and has gradually gotten worse. Has anyone else out there had this problem? I have Rheumatoid Arthritis (diagnosed 12 years ago) and NEVER complained of back pain before. At this point I have seen a back specialist, anesthesiologist (to see if i need a nerve block), and now the OBG states she is reluctant to remove the tubes since she thinks the coils have NOTHING to do with pain. Anyone else out there having these problems?

    Comment by Angela | February 23, 2011 | Reply

  29. I had essure done only on my left tube the right side didn’t take so I had the thermoablation done but I keep having pain on my leftside and recurring uti I’m wondering could they reverse the essure on my leftside

    Comment by nikki | March 20, 2011 | Reply

  30. I had the essure procedure done 3-10-11. I have had a lot of low abdominal pain and back pain. I wake up sweating at night. Is it the procedure? Starting to get aggravated.

    Comment by Vanessa | March 29, 2011 | Reply

  31. I had mine done yesterday. Although I am tired today I cannot even tell that there was anything done to my body at all. No cramping and I had minimal bleeding that is gone today.

    Comment by steph | April 5, 2011 | Reply

  32. I had the essure done right after I had my son. I did everything I was suppost to do following it, did the depo shot , had dye check 3 months later and said they were blocked!!! well a year later I became pregnant, totally flipped my life upside down!! I really hope these doctors are gonna reconsider the essure as a permant birth control

    Comment by April | June 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi April,

      You are not the first woman that has become pregnant following Essure sterilization. I hope everything works out okay for you. Please keep us posted. Essure problems are going to rise as more and more women have the procedure.

      Comment by vervilledeb1 | June 29, 2011 | Reply

  33. I had the essure done in 2005, it enticed me because no surgery was involved. After having the procedure done I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t stand up straight. I called the doctor and he told me that cramping/pain can last for a few days. After 3 – 4 days I called him again and said I want them taken out, he advised the procedure couldn’t be reversed. He took me right in and did an exam and scheduled me for an ultrasound, in which everything looked good. Long story short–I was out of work for 2 months and in a lot of pain (so extreme at times I couldn’t stand up) – with 2 ultrasounds showing everything was okay. Finally, the doctor preformed a laproscopy. He still couldn’t find the cause of my extreme pain. He did find that one of the essures did not take and was out of place (in the uterus). I had him do a hysterectomy, I didn’t want to deal with anymore pain. After the uterus was sent to pathology, it was found that the inside of my uterus was covered with endometriosis.( I have had the endometriosis on the outside of my uterus scraped off twice before.) We weren’t positive, but we came to the conclusion that the pain was caused by the essure due to the endometriosis.

    Comment by Lori | July 26, 2011 | Reply

  34. I had the Essure procedure 2 weeks ago. The first couple of days weren’t bad. Then, I have started cramping and passing large blood clots. Then, the bleeding got so bad I soaked my bedding at night. The pain and cramping are awful and there is a lot of pressure on my bladder. I am going in to the see the doctor this afternoon. After reading your posts, I sure hope he listens to me.

    Comment by Wendy | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  35. I have gone through hell with this procedure. I had to change doctors to get someone to listen, I had clotting, messed up my clothes at work twice, pelvic and back pain, BV infections, heavy bleeding, headaches and 3 surgeries. I had this done in 2008 and within a week I started having trouble. I ended up pregnant had to get an abortion(didn’t want anymore children). The same doctor ended up removing both fallopian tubes in September 2009 and supposedly removed the coils. I still complained of severe pain before and after my cycle. I only had 1 good week a month. The doctor kept trying to give me more pills and we tried everything. He stated that it was not the Essure procedure. I didn’t have any menstrual problems prior to the procedure. I changed doctors in February 2010 and I finally got him to approve a hysterectomy in June of 2010 but by them my insurance had been exhausted. I had to wait until 2011. In May 2011 I had my uterus and cervix removed leaving my ovaries. In July 2011 I started having painful periods again. Started complaining to my doc again and I just had another surgery on 10/11/11 to remove my ovaries. The doctor stated he found both coils still embedded in my body and that he removed one but would not touch the other since it is now attached to my bowel and and has grown into the tissue. I contacted a few lawyers and they all say nothing can be done unless a doctor states this will affect my health in the future and need to have it removed immediately. Then I have a case. If it’s not going to cause any harm then I don’t have a case. I think that’s bullsh#*t! I wouldn’t recommend this procedure for a lab rat!

    Comment by Deidre | November 7, 2011 | Reply

  36. Wendy,

    I am so sorry to hear this. You are not the first woman who wouldn’t recommend this procedure for a lab rat!

    Here is a whole lot of comments from others:

    I just recently started this website so that there is a place for women to be able to share how Essure has affected them.

    Comment by vervilledeb1 | November 9, 2011 | Reply

  37. I had the essure coils placed in dec2006. By April of 2007 i was frequently visiting the ER for unexplained excruciating pain in my pelvis, but no one could tell me why. This continued and then by december 2007, I began to feel profoundlyexhausted and achy. These symptoms continued on and then by the fall of 2008, I had severe pelvic and bladder pain ( No infections were found), and strted having bodywide burning and swelling. the unrelenting pain in my bladder and vulva worsened. I went to my wonderful obgyn, and told him I wanted the coils removed, and he was very cooperative. So, in dec 2008 they were removed, buti still continue to suffer, though noone can “prove” it was from essure. I am also allergic to nickle, and was not told that this was in the coils. i have been through hell, bladde biopsies, terrible gastrointestinal issues, bladder installations to deal with the pain. Now I have massive amounts of scar tissue around my sacral area, continued pevic and bladder pain. i was also recently diagnosed with an elusive mitochondrial disorder, and i am becoming increasingly weaker and exhausted. I have never felt well since those damn things were put in my body, and i believe i amm still paying the price Please ladies be very areful about what you put into your body. If there are any class action lawsuits anyone knows of, or other people withmy symptoms i woul really like to know. I am convinced i am sick because of these things and if nothing else would love to see them off the market…CF

    Comment by Celine | December 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Please I urge you to file complaint with FDA, your state and any where else you can!!! I too had a very bad experience had to have emergency surgery and was going septic in the hospital a few weeks after I had them placed. Now an ovary and tube Removal later I still feel tired, crampy and pretty bad in general a lot of days. I’ve filed with all I can and still looking for more. I totally believe these doctors are aware these are causing thousands of women serious problem but choose to ignore us, treat us like we are imaging things, or keep the lies coming on how 100% safe these coils are
      I’m so sorry for what you’ve been through and are still going through. We all need to make noise so that thousands of more women don’t suffer the same fate as us!

      Comment by Kelly Asselin | December 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Just to update on my last comment..I had a pelvic sonogram last week . I found out that the doctor left part of the coil in my left fallopian tube, and the coil has migrated and is embedded into my uterus. Meanwhile I continue to suffer from the awful pain I talked about before, plus progression of weakness and numbness in my legs. These Godforsaken things need to be taken off of the market. I went back to the doctor who did the removal surgery..he agreed to finish the job but wanted to charge me to go back and clean up his work. I am disgusted! Also, several weeks ago a large pliable mass that appeared to be plastic discharged from my vagina, with lots of appears that these essure coils have polyester woven within the coils..they believe that is what is now being expelled from my body since part of the coil is still in there. I am not going to have my original doctor finish the work that he so negligently did not finish..he never followed up to make sure they were all gone! He told me as he was taking out the coils they started to unravel, which was his excuse for not getting it all. He also told me that there was a high liklihood that I would need a partial hysterectomy to really make sure the coils are out. Absurd! Thanks be to God who lead me to the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center in North Carolina. They are experts at this stuff and no hysterectomy required. Ladies, if you want these awful things out of your body I encourage you to contact them,,they know what they are doing. Most gyn’s have little to no experience in this matter. Their prices are reasonable. And as far as I am concerned, the fact that these things are still in me explains why I am still suffering. I know in my gut that after they are fully out my body will be able to heal..I plan to use alternative therapies to facilitate the healing process. Big Pharma doesn’t care about us ladies, it’s all money to them and it doesn’t seem to matter who gets sick or dies as long as their pockets are lined. We must take back control of our bodies and our lives and stop buying into all the drugs and devices they are selling us!

      Comment by Celine | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  38. Hi Kelly! I am sorry that you and I and so many women are suffering because someone wanted to make money from us…and you are right it is time to make some NOISE!!! I am going to the FDA, and slso earlier in this blog someone had mentioned there is a New York City firm that is already investigating. I will be calling them tomorrow. I have sooo much medical documentation to substatiate my plight, the trick is for someone skilled to link them backe to where the trouble originted…coils that i was allergic to. I am disgusted that it is still not mandatory that nickle allergy testing occur before they put these God-forsaken things into more women. you stay strong and lets keep each other and everyone else updated. Love and blessings to you

    Comment by Celine | December 15, 2011 | Reply

    • HI. I had the essure put in, in January of this year. In march, I started having chronic anxiety and panic attacks ( which I’ve never had before), headaches almost daily, tired everyday all day, I’m just not myself. I have no energy and I feel sick. My legs feel like they are sleeping and I have pain and weird feelings throughout my body. I have seen my pcp, and gyn and they are pushing it off as if all of a sudden I just got anxiety and fatigue for no reason. I do not want to take medication for anxiety or seek therapy for something that I can’t explain. Anyone else experience anxiety from the essure???? Btw, I made an appt with my doc for next Thursday to discuss taking it out right away!

      Comment by Michelle | December 15, 2011 | Reply

  39. Hi my name is Michelle. I got this done in Feb 2007 after my son was born in Dec. we knew we were done having kids. I’m very happy with getting it done still not wanting more kids. But for the last year I have been getting my monthly friend 2 times a month and it has been a full year now. Every other week I have it and a full one at that not spotting. I went in last April was checked out they asked about stress in my life and any other life changes. There are no other life changes so I wanted to wait a few more monthes to see if it changed or if it was stress and no its not stress. They checked my thyriod also did the internal Ultrasound found nothing said there is nothing. Ok well it has been 5 years in Feb since I got it done and that is all I have had. Few times with intercourse but not every time. Also I have not got the cramping all the time yes I get them with my monthly friend but not when I do not have it. The main reason why I’m writing on here is because I would like to find out more before I go back in and waste money on the doc to look at me and say there is nothing we can do but put you on birth Con to fix it well there is some thing wrong down there so instead of putting a bandaid on it and putting pills down my mouth I would like some reason for it. I think it is a wonderful thing not having to be put under and that it has worked thus far. I just want my friend once a month not twice.

    Comment by Michelle Hegge | December 21, 2011 | Reply

  40. I would like someone to contact me about this because I’ve had serious complications. I had the procedure done in July and I woke up blind. I wad perfect before this and now I’m on disability. Totally destroyed my life. I’ve beenc looking for a lawyer.

    Comment by Shadawna Carson | December 31, 2011 | Reply

    • I am sooo sorry this has happened to you. Since I have had these awful things put in I have had vasovagal of which actually rendered me blind for only several minutes. These things I believe press on nerves and that can cause alot of terrible things to happen. Sweetie, get these things out of your body and let your body heal. Contact the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center in North Carolina..they have a nice website. And please believe in miracles because they happen every strong sister and my prayers are with you. Please let us know how you are doing.

      Comment by Celine | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  41. Well I thought the easier would work until I had it done. And woke up blind. I need help in getting. A lawyer.

    Comment by Shadawna Carson | December 31, 2011 | Reply

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  43. hi my name is kimberly slater i live in corinth maine i had my essure in 2005 ive had nuthing but women problems sence my periods been really painfull i have urinary infections all the time an urinary pressure i have cramps even wen im not on my period i get yeast problems im bloated all the time an so on i made amistake anyways having it done cuz id like to have anouther baby with my new husband but i also want them removed cuz of problems i would love to be involved in tha lawsuits ive repeatedly tried to convinse my obgyn these problems are cuz of the essure but wont listen

    Comment by kim slater | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  44. please keep me posted

    Comment by kim slater | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  45. Hi there, I had the Essure procedure done in 2007. Since that procedure I had excruciating pain in my lower right side of my abdomen during my period. The pain was so severe that muscle relaxers, prescribed pain meds, and ice packs would not help. My OB performed a partial hystorectomy and removed my uterus and my fallopian tubes leaving my ovaries. My pain stil happened on my right side during what would by my period. I went back to the doctor and they decided to remove my right ovary since I had a cyst there, thinking that the pain could have been from my right ovary. Every month I continue to have this excrutiating pain that feels as if it is just below the surface of my skin or it is felt in the fat of my lower abdomen. It has been 5 years since I have had the Essure procedure and I do not remember having a normal period pain. I went to see a physical therapist because they believe it is nerve damage. She worked out the scar tissue around the areas to see if that was trapping a nerve. It didn’t work and my pain keeps getting worse each month. My pain now radiates to my left side as well. I only have my left ovary and yet during periods I feel pain in my lower right abdomen and lower left abdomen. I have no clue why the pain feels as if it is located in the fatty tissue or just below my skin. The pain is so severe that I keep an ice pack permanently in my pants where the pain is. I have been on Tylenol 3, Ibuprofren, Darvocets, and Percocets and it does nothing for my pain. My skin is sensitive to the touch and any pair of pants no matter how loose they are hurt the area. I have the pain permanently but it is no where near severe as it is during my periods. My doctors have no clue what’s wrong with me and I do not know what kind of doctor to see for this pain. What would my next step be???

    Comment by Leslie | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  46. I had Essure placed summer of 2010. The procedure was so painful I was vomiting off the side of the table. I didn’t perk up after a few days like what is told. I was in pain for over a week. Then I started having lower back pain so extreme I couldn’t get out of bed. My confirmation test showed 1 coil had perforated my tube. My doctor called me on a Saturday to inform me of this, he never had it happen and wanted to consult with more doctors before deciding what to do. A few weeks later I went in for surgery, he cut the placed coil out and repaired both tubes, basically had to cut my tubes almost completely out and said a hysterectomy should relieve what pain I was still having. Seriously? I am 30 years old!! The missing coil could not be located, my doctor guessed it had embedded in some scar tissue I had from a previous C-Section. Since then, my lower back pain comes and goes, but I’m pretty much immobile when I do have it, my legs go numb, my periods are so bad I can’t leave the house, and I have really painful stabbing abdominal pains. I have contacted other doctors but all refuse to see me once they hear about the complication. I have contacted Essure many times and they keep referring to their “clinical trials” and tell me to go back to the doctor. I have read online that I am not the only woman to experience such horror. I don’t give a crap about what they had happen in the clinical trials! Maybe they weren’t long enough or used basically the same type of woman.

    Comment by Sarah | January 18, 2012 | Reply

  47. I had the Essure done over 2 years ago (I was 40) and I have had NONE of the complications above, and I DO have a nickel allergy – external skin one. I am shocked at the stories above, particularly the tube tears, but I also think as it is a new procedure so this is down to the people putting them in. I only had a period pain for 2 hours after the procedure – like a hard, pressure period pain, that was non-stop. I woke up the next day and no problems. My period has been normal since. Sorry there has been so many women having problems.

    Comment by Miranda kate (@PurpleQueenNL) | January 25, 2012 | Reply

  48. I had mine done over a year ago. For the first 3-4 months my period came on time, but was VERY HEAVY. I couldn’t wear tampons at all. Finally it regulated itself and now the only side effect I have are cramps (like the ones you get when on your period) throughout the month instead of only while on it. The pain can be managed with midol or tylenol, but at times is very intense. In fact, that’s what brought me here today. I talked to my doctor about it and have come to the realization that it could be worse. I’de rather live with this occasional pain than get pregnant again and lose my baby. Mine is 100% and nothing shifted or tore, thanfully. I would reccommend this to friends or family, but not without letting them know about my side effects first.

    Comment by Lindsey | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  49. Hi I’ve had my Essure for 3 years and I,ve never had any problems, thank God. I’ll be 38 on the 6th of March and the only thing that I can see that’s changed is my cycle. Sometimes it’s two and the other times it’s four days,but my procedure went well and I’ve referred people. I guess it depends on the person. I’m sorry to hear a bout the problems that most of you are having, Thus far I love it!!!

    Comment by Onitsha | February 29, 2012 | Reply

  50. I had Essure done in November, 2011. The first few days after the procedure I had some spotting and cramping. My stomach swelled up like a balloon so I went to the ER. Everything came back normal. DR said, just give it some time. Your body is adjusting to these things. Weeks went bye and then just befor X-mas, I started to feel very light headed & dizzy and thought I was going to faint. Went to ER again, they ran every test possible & everything was normal. Shortly after this episode I got a severe sore throat, light headed, congestion, sneezing, nauseau, teary eyes, etc. This lasted about 3 weeks. Felt fine for about 3 weeks and then here it is again for the past 2 weeks, congestion, headaches, dizzy, sneezing, sore throat, nauseau. Went for HSG on 2/27 & failed, 1 tube not closed. I mentioned these symptoms to my DR, she said it sounds like allergies. I do not have allergies & all these symptoms started after Essure & have been every month since. I asked about nickel allergy & she stated that if I had a nickel allergy I would have broken out from my jeans, etc. I disagree & I have an appointment on 3/7 with an allergist to test for nickel allergy. I am not having the pain that other women are describing but I did some research on internal device nickel allergy symptoms & my symptoms come up! I am so scared and now I just want these things out!

    Comment by Shannon | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  51. i had the essure done a year ago i called my doctor as i have had problems the whole year with irregular periods and when i do get my periods they are so heavy i have to change my pads during the night i also have cramps so bad i dont feel like evenmoving and i get severe migraines i asked about getting them removed as i have never had these problems before and my dr refuses is there any advice as to what i could maybe do as to go about gettin them removed

    Comment by carrie | March 29, 2012 | Reply

    • Unfortunately getting them out is way harder than getting them. It takes surgery to remove them.
      I have one left in my right tube. My left one got a tear from the coil. I got a huge abscess on my tube. Went to dr in agony. He did ultra sound and sent me straight to hospital for emergency surgery. I lost my tube and ovary. Nearly my life, after they took it out the infection was released and I was deathly ill in the hospital for 5 days. 6 months recovery. And this essure is supposed to be fool proof.
      Now In down to 108lbs. Lost 25 since surgery. I’m 5’5. My periods cause wicked pms and are sometimes every other week. And I have lots of abdominal pain. With a nice huge scar across my belly as the had to completely open me up.
      Every day I have this 2nd one left in me is scary. When will it try to kill me? I’ve filed with FDA, my state, every one I could!
      We are all told this is the cats meow and then when we say we have serious trouble it’s me ER these devices causes it. Women need to know the truth about Essure
      I’m sorry your going through troubles too. Hang in. But yea removal is not easy

      Comment by Kelly Asselin | March 30, 2012 | Reply

      • I finally found someone who specializes in understanding us! If anyone is in Nashville area her name is dr yunker and she is at Vanderbilt women’s medical center at 100 oaks

        Comment by Joy | April 12, 2012

  52. My name is Shelby. In 2008 I had an esure procedure done and a short time afterwards I started to experience pain. I went back to the Dr. for a sonogram and found out that the metal coil was stuck in my uterus which caused me to have to have an hysterectomy. To this day I have pain in my side all the time and now I find out I have a cyst on my ovaries. The pain sometimes is so bad. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Shelby | April 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi I’m Joy have you tried bioidentical hormones? My mom had hysterectomy years ago and suffered so much but about five years ago she started on Bio identical hormones they are made from compound and has been pain and symptom free because these are tailored to your body and all I hope this helps and best of luck

      Comment by Joy | April 12, 2012 | Reply

  53. needing help! I got the essure done one year ago. about 5 months ago I have been getting bladder or kidney infections so we think. the dr has no idea why. dizzness blackouts lower back pain on both sides lower abnomin pain bloth sides I have no pee non stop! im nrevous I live in qaudcities my dr told me that tje essure is none reversible! what in the heck do I do? aftr reading all this im convinced that is safe procedure was the wrong choice! I feel lied to! help

    Comment by jen | May 25, 2012 | Reply

    • I just had mine removed i had mine a year and started getting same issues bladder kidneys blackouts bloating constant nausea constant severe pain no periods the whole time and since removal last month all have gone awayand cycles regulating

      Comment by joy | May 25, 2012 | Reply

      • where did u get it done at? I am a single parent of two I cant afford to travel really. jen

        Comment by jen | May 26, 2012

      • I am an army wife so mine was free but the clinic is a civilian one i got it done at vanderbilt university womens center by dr yunker in nashville tn there are multiple dr therr that remove the coils

        Comment by joy | May 26, 2012

      • My doctors office thought i was going nuts i have been on so many anitbiotics for this! i am so glad i finally thought of this procedure! if anyone finds anything out about a class lawsuit let me know i will be more than willing to be apart of it this crap needs to be off the market! what do u say to your doctor? mine say there is nooo way it can come out! i have gotten acupunture done with my back it hurts soo bad! sharp stabbing pains in my lower ab!

        Comment by jen c | May 26, 2012

      • It took a year of every test sonogram mri catscan everything and a handful of docs and specialists to finally get through and listen to me that its coils causing all this crap and they still did all that just because noone knew much about coils and said that to me and that in their opinion coils werent issue but they were and i would love to be part of class action petition some way to get word out!

        Comment by joy | May 29, 2012

  54. My granddaughter had this procedure done and had constant heavy bleeding for months. Her doctor said that was normal. She finally went to another doctor who gave her birth control pills and the bleeding stopped. ,GUESS WHAT! SHE IS NOW PREGNANT WITH TRIPLETS! That’s how effective this procedure is. This product should definitely be taken off the market. If you are interested in filing for a class action lawsuit contact me at

    Comment by Darlene Bailey | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  55. I am so grateful to know there is a local doctor removing this BS. I feel like I’m dieing when I’m on my period and Im constantly sick. I’m contacting Dr. Yunker first thing Monday morning. Does anyone know if she will attempt to restore fertility once they are removed. I was “bullied” into the procedure 3 years ago, I’m only 27 and I know my husband and I would love to have another chance at a baby, but mostly get these devices out of me.

    Comment by Stephanie | June 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I beleive she can as well as other drs there did you have any luck contacting her?

      Comment by joy | June 15, 2012 | Reply

  56. I just want my normal body back and not to have not to have doctors tell me that its all in my head cuz I know my body and there is somthing so not right with me now ive had so many test done just to have them come back negative so any information lt would mean so much to me because I just want my body back to normal.So if you could help me anyway possible it would mean the world mean the world to me thank u for your time to listen to me

    Comment by Tracy drapinski | June 11, 2012 | Reply

    • i went to my dr today im geting a pelvic songrm monday labs done today… shes ensured me that it was nonreversible and she has had absoulutly no complaints on this procedure or product. my luck go quad cities! i dontthink theres any drs around here that will do a reverse and if there is it will be a 10 year delay… i had another person tell me that there are side effects to all birth control methods and thats the way it is. grrr dont know why i got this. jen

      Comment by jen | June 15, 2012 | Reply

      • Thats EXACTLY what i had to go through pelvic and abdominal scans mri u name it and labs also a year of No menstration everything came back Normal?!? Then and only then did dr start to listen to me! I am so sorry that is the most frustrating. I would keep searching try facilitie like one i used a medical university they are so up to date! Good luck i am pullin for ya!

        Comment by joy | June 15, 2012

    • Try finding medical university in your area they know their stuff and so up to date

      Comment by joy | June 15, 2012 | Reply

  57. I am talking to an attorney about fikling a class action lawsuit to get this terrible procedure outlawed. I need all the support from anyone interested in joining me. If we can prove that this procedure is not 99.95% effective as advertised, and we know it is not, we may be able to sue for false misrepresentation of a product. Any one interested please let me know. My email is

    Comment by darlene evans | June 15, 2012 | Reply

    • I was in alot of pain last night with my back when I feel where it hurts it would be around where my tubes would b in the front. how do they find out if ur tub#s have an infection jen

      Comment by jen | June 15, 2012 | Reply

      • When they do pelvic scans and labs they can find infection they found inflamation and nickel allergy was causing my pain like that and had a ton of issues too from no cycles to bladder and kidney infections to nausea and bloating all time was horrible

        Comment by joy | June 15, 2012

      • went to dr had labbs and sonogram everything normal again!

        Comment by jen | June 19, 2012

      • My labs and sono were too every time it wasnt unti i had essure removed did my symptoms go away

        Comment by joy | June 20, 2012

      • CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT! Hey ladies i have done some research and would like to pass on what i have found. the statement i found was this… “If anyone is interested in joining a class action law suit against Conceptus, Inc., makers of the Essure product, please contact Claudine at Sheller Law at 215-790-7300. Enough horror stories, this has to be stopped. I am one of the unfortunate ones who had an “expulsion” and now have to have uterine surgery. Please join this fight, tell your story, get compensation, stop this procedure from harming any more women!!!!”
        I will be calling this lady asap tomorrow! Good luck to us! ohby the way i had an mri yesterday so we will c if my dr pushes me off…the comment was made to me ok how about problems that me as your obgyn can help u with, that was after i told her my symptoms….. grrr hapy fourth everyone!

        Comment by jen | July 5, 2012

  58. my essure put in 2008, i have n othing but pain since. for the las 2 months i have been bleeding non stop i went to my doctor and did all kinds of test and everything was normal so i waited 3 weeks and the bleeding didnt stop so i went to then er and had more test and the same thinf everything came back normal, i really want to get this thing out its driving me crazy not just the bleeding but the constant cramping is driving me crazy!!!!!

    Comment by Destiny | June 26, 2012 | Reply

  59. I just fount out that, my left essure implant is not in correctly. Ever since..the Dr. Put in the first implant, Feburary 2012 I’ve experienced a sharp stabbing pain in my abdomen, headache’s, fever, bad cramping, before my cycle’s, and during. (I have a cycle every 2wks.) I have a rare genetic blood disorder, and the Dr. That did the essure, is not willing to touch me, again. He wants to send me to the main mayo clinic to have my Fallopian tubes removed. However, when I had blood clots, on my lungs from Aug.-Dec. 2011. My Dr. Told me, I would never be able to be sedated, have surgery or fly. It’s kind of hard to drive from Louisiana to Minnosota. So, my hemotologist is going to run a bunch of test on, me to see, if I’m even surgery ready. I think, that I am even, if my body says, otherwise. I can’t stand the pain and suffering, much less the constant fever. The essure needs to be recalled because the pain seems to be getting worse, as the month’s go by.

    Comment by April | June 28, 2012 | Reply

    • How did they find that the coil was out off place?

      Comment by jen | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  60. Thank you for another informative web site. Where else could I get that type of
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    Comment by Level5 Scott Tucker race car driver | July 23, 2012 | Reply

  61. I had the essure procedure done May of 2011 and just this past year I been having problems. Stomach cramps, heavy bleeding every two weeks, when I drink liquids I have a after taste of metal. My doctor didn’t tell me that the coils was made out of nickel and I’m allergic to nickel. I regret getting the procedure done now because I have so many complications.

    Comment by cornella johnson | July 24, 2012 | Reply

  62. I had the essure procedure done back in june of this year. 4 days after getting it done, I started bleeding, thinking it would be a regular period, my bleeding lasted for 3 weeks. 9 days after finishing, here comes my period again. It lasted 19 days, then stopped. 13 days after finishing, here comes my period, and this time im bleeding more. I wont dirty my pads that much maybe about 1/4, very little, but when I have to go urinate here comes the bleeding with clots! I go for my HSG test after September 7th. After reading alot of these stories, Im sick to my stomach that the coils may have shifted to where they shouldn’t be and it was a failure. Other than longer periods and heavy bleeding, I am only experiencing cramping and some nausea.

    Comment by C Miramontes | August 23, 2012 | Reply

    • I am new to this whole Essure thing. My doctor at planned parenthood assures me that the procedure is easy and has no complications. After reading all the comments here, I am scared!! Does anyone have any advice? Should I not have the procedure done? I definantely dont want kids, but I am already having trouble with my periods and dont need further complications. Why arent they telling people that there may be serious risks involved? Your comments are welcome please. God Bless everyone and I wish everyone luck.

      Comment by sarah | August 25, 2012 | Reply

      • find a different route! ur body changes with this in! i wish i have never gotten it!

        Comment by jen ceurvorst | August 30, 2012

      • I got my essure procedure done with planned parenthood. They informed me of some bleeding, but didn’t tell me how much!! I have read stories of woman going back to their regular activities after a day or two of getting the procedure done, but are starting to feel miserable, nausea, cramping, light headed, dizzy, e.t.c.. Planned parenthood told me to rest for about 3 weeks and not to do anything straining to the body, for my body is going through permanent changes and i am still in a recovery stage. My periods have been lasting for about 19 days. It would start of VERY slow as to I wouldn’t even dirty my pad, only when I would go the bathroom, I would bleed a little bit, but the last week of my periods, I was bleeding HEAVY with baseball size clots! The weird thing about that is I wouldn’t dirty my pads that much. I called parenthood and they would tell me that it was normal. Before I could get the procedure done, they had me on birth control pills for 8 weeks. They said that it would be easier for the Dr., to insert the coils, becuase my uterine lining would be thinned out (due to the bith control pills), and to make sure I wasn’t preagnant, plus the dr. wouldnt due the procedure unless I was on birth control. I get cramping here and there and am still on the pill until my HSG is done and I get the results from parenthood. The dr. from parenthood who did my implantation, was gracious enough to give me her number if I had any questions, concerns or problems. I have called her and she told me that the heavy bleeding was normal, and keep taking my birth control pills. I can still get pregnant if I don’t have a back up method for birthcontrol. Because it takes about average 3 months for tissue to fill in the coils, some people may take a little longer, and with a slight unblocked / opening of the fallopian tube, sperm can still fertilize an egg. I am supposed to get my HSG done in September and I am praying that all is well and I am permanently sterile!! Im 35 years old with 4 kids, and I have no desire for anymore. I want to enjoy my kids growing up and do things with them and do things with my husband as we get older. I don’t want to keep having babies in my late 30′s / early 40′s. Im done with the diaper changing, bottle making, sleepless nights, can’t enjoy my meal because the baby is crying in the resuarant, carrying the car seat and diaper bag everywhere i go, and so on! I want to spend more time and focus on my girls, instead of telling them not now or later becuase baby duty calls! I apologize if i sound rude or selfish, but I started having babies at 19 and I can’t put my body through anymore pregnancies, and I am not as energetic. God has blessed me graciously with my husband and girls, and they deserve my full attention!

        Comment by C Miramontes | August 31, 2012

    • I was just offered the Essure by my OBGYN I am 44yrs old and have not had any problems “down there” at all or even know if I can still get pregnant so I am very undecisive on getting this or not????

      Comment by Sonja R. | August 29, 2012 | Reply

      • PLEASE DO NOT GET THIS PROCEDURE DONE. My granddaughter had this done and a year later she got pregnant with triplets. She had heavy bleeding for months and pain. The doctor told her not to worry, it would stop. She got so weak from the blood loss that she was sick. She went to another doctor who put her on birth control pills and then the bleeding stopped. A year later she got pregnant. When she had the triplets, the doctor took out the essure and said it had been put in wrong. She had her tubes cut so now she will not have any more babies. She has 7 kids, 10, 8, 4, 2 and now the triplets who are almost 2 months old. Read all the comments on all the problems from this procedure. It should be outlawed and taken off the market.


        Comment by darlene evans | September 1, 2012

  63. Hi Sonja,
    I got my essure procedure done with planned parenthood. They informed me of some bleeding, but didn’t tell me how much!! I have read stories of woman going back to their regular activities after a day or two of getting the procedure done, but are starting to feel miserable, nausea, cramping, light headed, dizzy, e.t.c.. Planned parenthood told me to rest for about 3 weeks and not to do anything straining to the body, for my body is going through permanent changes and i am still in a recovery stage. My periods have been lasting for about 19 days. It would start of VERY slow as to I wouldn’t even dirty my pad, only when I would go the bathroom, I would bleed a little bit, but the last week of my periods, I was bleeding HEAVY with baseball size clots! The weird thing about that is I wouldn’t dirty my pads that much. I called parenthood and they would tell me that it was normal. Before I could get the procedure done, they had me on birth control pills for 8 weeks. They said that it would be easier for the Dr., to insert the coils, becuase my uterine lining would be thinned out (due to the bith control pills), and to make sure I wasn’t preagnant, plus the dr. wouldnt due the procedure unless I was on birth control. I get cramping here and there and am still on the pill until my HSG is done and I get the results from parenthood. The dr. from parenthood who did my implantation, was gracious enough to give me her number if I had any questions, concerns or problems. I have called her and she told me that the heavy bleeding was normal, and keep taking my birth control pills. I can still get pregnant if I don’t have a back up method for birthcontrol. Because it takes about average 3 months for tissue to fill in the coils, some people may take a little longer, and with a slight unblocked / opening of the fallopian tube, sperm can still fertilize an egg. I am supposed to get my HSG done in September and I am praying that all is well and I am permanently sterile!! Im 35 years old with 4 kids, and I have no desire for anymore. I want to enjoy my kids growing up and do things with them and do things with my husband as we get older. I don’t want to keep having babies in my late 30’s / early 40’s. Im done with the diaper changing, bottle making, sleepless nights, can’t enjoy my meal because the baby is crying in the resuarant, carrying the car seat and diaper bag everywhere i go, and so on! I want to spend more time and focus on my girls, instead of telling them not now or later becuase baby duty calls! I apologize if i sound rude or selfish, but I started having babies at 19 and I can’t put my body through anymore pregnancies, and I am not as energetic. God has blessed me graciously with my husband and girls, and they deserve my full attention!

    Comment by C Miramontes | August 31, 2012 | Reply

  64. I had the essure placed in my left tube Sept. 4th and no problems I go Oct. 4th to get the right done. I could not get a tubial or take birth control due to a large blood clot in my left lung and an inopperable aneurysum in my head. With all the blood thinners I’m on they could not cut me to due a tubial. I am 34 years old and have a 16 year old. I was told I could not have anymore children with my health problems or I could die. I got the essure and so far no problems. I will keep you posted if any accure.

    Comment by mls | October 3, 2012 | Reply

  65. i had the essure procedure done in 2006, I went to the hospital a week ago with severe pain in the bottom of my stomach, the doctors did an mri on my stomache and said they noticed that one of my coils from my essure procedure has twisted, i am now having my period for the third time this month, and its hurting so bad, Im 33 years old and didnt think that i would have any problems, Please if any of you have any suggestions for me please tell me.. the docs want me to have a biopsy done on my uterus and im scared to death

    Comment by Lynne Spence | October 29, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Lynne,

      I am so sorry to hear that this is happening to you! You are not the first woman I have heard this from and I will look to see if I can find the others so they can respond to you. I wish you the best and please keep us posted!


      Comment by vervilledeb1 | October 30, 2012 | Reply

  66. I had the Essure procedure done in February 2010. I’ve experienced reoccurring symptoms since the procedures such as stomach bloating with an appearance of being pregnant, constipation, night sweats, back and leg pain, body aches, headaches and abdominal pain on my right and left side. One week, I was very sick with vomiting, diarrhea, fever and pain in my right side. After four days of suffering I went in to see my medical doctor who referred me for a Pelvic CT Scan to check for appendicitis. I had the CT scan done and was contacted by the medical doctor who informed me that the Scan showed that the Essure coil on my right side was no longer in my fallopian tube. I was sent immediately to my OB-GYN who was sent the CT scan report. My OB-GYN, who performed the ESSURE procedure, stated that she had never heard of the coils being any other place other than the fallopian tubes. She performed a pelvic exam which was extremely painful before sending me home stating that she would need to do more research and contact the makers of ESSURE. Needleless to say the news on the coils being dislodged outside of my tubes scared me and my husband which resulted in us searching online for other possible patients who have been told that their coils had been dislodged from the tubes. I’m afraid of what could possible happen after reading all the nightmare stories about complications with ESSURE. It helps knowing that there are others who are fighting complications with ESSURE in order to spread the word so that this doesn’t continue to impact women’s lives. I have shared with my husband the numerous symptoms of pain when trying to urinate and the sharp tugging pains that I’ve felt on my right side. The irregular periods …one day, one or sometimes twice a month for several days with severe headaches for which I attributed to possible pre menopause but now I know better.
    After hearing back from my doctor who said she contacted the makers of Essure she suggested I have surgery to have coils removed. I had surgery on November 7th 2012 to remove the coils from the Essure procedures which had lodged in my abdomen. The surgery took three hours as they searched for both coils which were not in my tubes. Both tubes were removed. The final report from my surgery indicated that “inflamed portion of the omentum containing two deeply embedded Essure devices, one intact and one partial.” I experienced complications from the surgery which resulted in being taken back to have a urinary catheter inserted. It took three weeks for me to recover. I still experience pain in the sights of the incisions and know that my body has not completely recovered from all I experienced with ESSURE. I’m still questionable if all the Essure device was removed but my OB-GYN said it was. I made a complaint to the FDA and expressed my desire to join a class action suit.


    Comment by Melissa McIver | January 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Melissa,
      where are you from? (state) i was told that these coils can not be reversed. i know that you serious complications how did you have your dr look so deeply in it?

      Comment by jen | January 11, 2013 | Reply

      • Hi Jen,
        I’m sorry to hear that another woman is experiencing discomforting symptoms due to Essure, which is why I chose to share my story. I live in Willow Springs, North Carolina which is near Raleigh NC. After my bout of days of diarrhea, vomiting and severe pain in my sides I went in to see the doctor who referred me immediately for a pelvic CT scan. The pelvic ultra sound revealed the coils had moved into my abdomen and I was referred to my OB-GYN who did the Essure procedure. I informed my OB-GYN of all the symptoms I had been experiencing and how sick I was. She asked for time to research with the makers of the Essure because she stated she had never heard of the coils moving. She followed up with me a week later and suggested that I have them removed. She shared little information from the makers of Essure that was good about complications of the coils moving. The waiting to hear back from my doctors was the worse wait I had ever experienced, although my doctor tried to encourage me to try to live a normal life and for my husband and I to use protection. I was honest with my doctor about my feeling and my desire to know more about the history of Essure migration and I also informed her that I had been doing my research as I waited to hear back from her. I’m grateful to all the women who have shared information on Essure removal and reversal. My surgery was done by my Ob-GYN with the assistance of another doctor. I had also researched and contacted other doctors found online that conduct Essure removal. Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center located in NC does removal but they do not take insurance for the services.

        Comment by Melissa McIver | January 13, 2013

    • Melissa, I live near you in North Carolina. I have been having pain and complications also. Please email me at so we can discuss further. It would be good to have someone to discuss this with that feels the way I do. My doctor wants to remove my coils. I am afraid to have them removed since I don’t want to feel worse. Please email me if you get a chance. I would love to talk to you.

      Comment by Lori Diebold | January 24, 2013 | Reply

  67. Your entire post, “Essure And Side Effects Tubesreversed” ended up being well worth writing
    a comment on! Just simply wished to announce you did a fantastic job.
    Thank you ,Bennie

    Comment by | February 11, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks, Bennie. I hope it has helped some. I certainly know there are many women who are having issues with Essure.


      Comment by vervilledeb1 | February 12, 2013 | Reply

  68. Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and
    I am waiting for your further post thanks once again.

    Comment by ekogroszek | March 23, 2013 | Reply

  69. I had the essure done in 07/12 since that day I have have been in hell! I have to have a full hysterectomy because the coils are to far imbedded to just to a tubal surgery! Since the day I got it put in me, I have dealt with sharp pains in my uterus, spasms,vomiting,nausea, a period every two weeks either lite or very heavy! For the last two weeks I can hardly eat and be away from my heating pad because of the pain! I wish I would have been told of the side effects before the procedure! I am living in hell and can’t even be a mother to my kids because of the pain,nausea and vomiting! I just would like to talk to other women who are dealing with this, my husband and I thought it was all in my head until I happened upon a comment were another woman had all the same problems as me! If had the decision to make all over again I would have reconsider till I had done more reasearch! Thank you for letting me vent!

    Comment by Janie h | April 22, 2013 | Reply

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