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Hey Devon, no experience w/Essure, but I did have traditional tubal and it is the WORST thing I have ever done!!! I have the most awful pain filled crime scene, long lasting periods I have ever had in my life!!
Check your options before doing this and talk to other ppl. For me, I thought this was best option b/c I was done with kiddos and DH refused to get snipped on (ass!) Anyway, since doing it about 3 years ago everyone I have talked to says the same thing.....horrible!
I had a tubal ligation at the time of my last csection - three kids was always my limit, but for a time I did regret getting it done.
Actually I realise now that it wasn't regret, it was grief. I was grieving the fact that I wouldn't have any more kids - even though i already had the 3 I wanted. So after all the sadness was gone, I was happy to move forward - and get my tummy back with my TT!
But I have had lighter and less painful periods since - mine have been great. But I have heard of women who have problems after getting it done. I thankfully haven't had issues. I like the fact that it is permanent - I couldn't imagine having a baby after a tt...
I did not have any bad side effects, in fact if anything it was helpful. But I have a friend who had a similar experience to myturn. I have no idea how you could tell in advance what you might experience after this surgery.
I was looking for the most effective thing I could do without having a hysterectomy.
Do lots of research and make the best choice for you.
The only thing I can think of with the Essure is that make sure you DO NOT have a nickle allergy before they put it in. I for one am very allergic to fake jewelry so I could not do it. I am glad I realized that BEFORE having that done.
Dang, just my luck to be the only unlucky one to post about this yet! Oh well, I am not going to get pregnant, and I no longer am putting yucky chemicals and hormones in my body.....
I did Depo shots for years!!!! Loved them to death....no period at all!!! However, depo has been found to cause osteporosis....so I had a bone scan and stopped taking.....
Oh, I almost forgot.....also, I was flipping channels last night, Dr Phil had the ppl from the new show The Doctors on.....I missed the name of it, but there is a new shot on the market that makes it so you only have your period one time a year!!!! It is safe (so they say) and is NOT birth control.....just period control! I have got to look into this!
I had a tubal in2000 as well...and was the worst thing I did.....I had a lot of porblems there after and so much pain.....totally blame that on a lot of the trouble I had .(5 abdominal sx since then)not counting the tt.there are a lot of other options out there, I would deffinatly check in first.
I've never heard of Essure. I had a tubal ligation in 1999. I had heavy, long, messed up periods almost immediately following the surgery. By 2003, I had enough and forked out the cash for a tubal reversal. I do think that what works for one, definitely doesn't work for another. Call me a risk taker, but we use nothing but timing. My youngest is 9.5 yrs with no pregnancies or even thoughts that I might be in that time. That method is risky, but works for us.
I had a tubal with my last csection and can't complain with pain. I can say I had to do the mirena IUD after almost 4 yrs of periods from hell. I now rarely have periods and in 2 yrs I might have that removed. It was funny to me that I had a tubal and need a IUD to stop my periods.
I wanted to put off the hysterectomy for now.
Everyone is different but I would never have this work and money if I had not taken the steps to not have more kiddos. That is just me. It is a lot of money to have a tt and then be prego.
What works for me probably is anothers cup of tea...hehe
From the nursing persecptive:
Essure a relatively new process, It bascially is ablation of the uterine lining meaning no more periods or childbirth, it is a permanent procedure; its advantages are that it can be done in OB/GYN office, or outpatient clinic, you keep your uterus and ovaries, however, still have to use some of BC for at least 3 months,
for some it is ideal; other women still have to undergo a hyster;
My personal persective:
Had a BTL in 1988; after having 3 kids; IT WAS THE WORST THING I ever did to my body; The older I got the worst my periods till the point that I could not work, move, or breathe, for the first 3 to 4 days becuase of the horrible cramping and the embrassment of flooding my clothing EVERYWHERE I went, Eventually had a Abd hyster with the removal of one ovary; so I don't have to take Hormone Replacement therapy.
If I had to do over I would NEVER have a Tubal; would elect to have a Essure or vaginal hyster
Next to my TT, the hyster is the best surgery ever had; also had A&P repair which retightened my fun box
My oh my! I think after reading so many of you having regrets about your tubals I will avoid that one at all costs!
Myturn07: I like the idea of the new shot that allowes for one period a year. I haven't heard about it but will ask my GP on Monday
BikiniDream: All I can think to say to you - YOU ARE A BRAVE SOUL!!!!!!!
Conniedkids: What is a "Mirena IUD"? Also, if you don't already know, I have been told that women who get hysterectomys lose their sex drives! Scary!
Jennygal101: Let me make sure I got this right. Essure also prevents periods as well as pregnancy????????? HOLY.............
I don't recall ever reading that nice little peice of info.
Anyway, thank you ladies for the info you shared. I am 36 years old and am EXTREMLY happy with my TT and know I never want to have children. I talked to my GP about sterilezation (sp) for many years but she said I was too young and might change my mind. Now that I just turned 36 and have not changed my mind through all the years she's seen me, she said she would perform the Essure procedure on me. I guess my ultimate goal is:
1. to NEVER get pregnant
2. to avoid periods if I can
3. NEVER to loose my sex drive
4. Not to cause myself any complications in the future.
that is a myth about hyster; I am now having more sex than ever; I don't have to worried about mother nature, I wonder how many women lost their sex as a result of nature ly just getting old and not the hyster
I just wanted to put my two cents in re: your question about Mirena. I have a Mirena IUD and I LOVE it. No periods for me!! I do not want any more children, but my OBGYN said that a lot of women that he does a tubal on end up getting the Mirena anyways for period control. So, I will continue to get a new one every 5 years until I hit menopause. He did not recommend the Essure because he said that it sometimes didn't work and he ended up using the Mirena on those women as well. I do want to warn you though, I thought the placement of the Mirena was extremely painful, but only for like 5 seconds. So, I will put up with 5 seconds of bad pain for 5 years of reliable birth control.
I had the essure method done over 2 years ago. My periods are exactly the same as before. It was very very easy, I would recommend it everytime. My sister in law had her tubes cut and she is in hell right now. I didn't want any surgery, so essure was perfect.
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