Essure Tubal Sterilization / Alynn Alexander, MD
Why my experience with contraceptive Essure Procedure should be a warning tale to all
Everything you should know about the sterilisation method
Words by Paige Connery
The essure procedure is a method of sterilisation that involves a coiled micro-insert being implanted into each fallopian tube. The coils are inserted through the vagina, into the womb and then into the tubes. The coils form scar tissue that blocks the fallopian tubes meaning the eggs cannot travel into the womb and are simply reabsorbed by the body.
There is a follow-up appointment three months afterwards at which time you have an HSG (hysterosalpingogram). This is an X-ray with dye inserted into the womb – if dye is seen in the tubes, they are not yet blocked and you have to have another HSG in another 3 months. If no dye is seen in the tubes you are considered ‘fully occluded’ and therefore sterilised.
The essure procedure
I had the essure procedure in July 2014. I had a UTI the day after the procedure that lasted a few days, but apart from that I didn’t realise I was having problems at first. I just thought the pain I was experiencing was a natural reaction to having the implants and that it would settle down after a couple of weeks.
The first period I had after the procedure was 4 days early and lasted 6 days – again I wasn’t too concerned at this point, I just thought it was an ‘upset’ to my natural cycle because of the procedure.
This wasn’t the case and I started to experience more problems: constant pain, worse in my lower left abdomen and an on and off ‘fluttering/vibrating’ sensation in my lower right abdomen; bleeding at ovulation; longer, more painful periods with heavy clotting and tissue loss; pain and bleeding after sex; constantly tired; an occasional metallic taste in my mouth; numbness and tingling in my left leg and foot; weight gain and itching and swelling around the vagina.
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