tea ali

Orange, NJ

#1 Aug 5, 2007
Has anyone had an Essure procedure done? I've checked the website and read about it. I was considering getting a tubal ligation, but this seems to be a less invasive surgery. Anyone care to share their experience?
jlz07

Forsyth, MT

#2 Aug 20, 2007
I'm trying to find someone who's had the essure procedure for couples years @ least. A friend just had it done last year, and so far everything is going well.
GNG

Batavia, OH

#3 Oct 15, 2007
I had essure two years ago and I love it! I can't tell I have it at all. The placement procedure was incredible easy. I had some cramping for a few days afterwards, but nothing serious. I was able to work the next day. Despite everyone's warnings, the HSG didn't hurt either. I'm a very sensitive person, so for me to not have had any problems I think means a lot. I highly recommend essure.
tea ali

West Orange, NJ

#4 Oct 15, 2007
Hi GNG.

Finally! A real story. I'm so glad to hear that it worked well for you. I read about the HSG and that had me scared. But I guess every women is different. I'm still debating. Hopefully some other ladies will come around. Thank you for sharing your story.:)
been there done that

Carlisle, IA

#5 Sep 8, 2008
i had the essure procedure done three months ago and go for the hsg test tomorrow. I would classify the actual procedure (i was awake) as moderate-severe as far as pain goes, but i have a LOW threshold. I was pretty out of it that day but felt pretty good the next. I had spotting for a couple weeks after and that was it. my periods have gotten better actually, almost no cramping. i have been on birth control for almost 20 and decided a long time ago i didn't want to have kids. my insurance doesn't cover a TL, so this was the best decision for me
Braveroo

Colorado Springs, CO

#7 Feb 5, 2011
I am curious, ColdSunshine, if you were able to maintain your regular horse riding activity level immediately after the procedure? I ride once a week and do a fair amount of cantering and jumping, and wanted to know for how long I'll have to be off, or take it easy. Any advice will be welcomed!
ColdSunshine wrote:
I had it done about 2 years ago. A lot of women had IV anesthesia (sedation) given during their procedure, but I did not. I was given an RX for 3 Xanax pills to take right before the procedure to help calm me down. I got a Toridal (sp?) pain injection right before the procedure started to ease the pain. I was also given an RX for high powered Motrin and was instructed to take 4 an hr before the procedure, but not take the Xanax until I got there.
My procedure was done in my GYN's office in her "procedure" room which is scary enough as it is. I stripped from the waist down and was allowed to keep my socks on. My gyn came in to go over a few things with me and asked me if I minded if another one of the nurse practitioners was in the room with her. the FNP wanted to get trained also on it. I said fine as long as it was a lady and not a male. I am very uneasy with male medical staff in the room. The Essure rep was there too and I asked that he was not to come in the room unless it was a dire emergency and even then, he was to stand at my head and watch the procedure on the monitor and not look at my area.
I took the Xanax and the gyn came in and put me in those god awful knee type stirrups where your legs dangle down. She did a cervical block with a few shots and I didn't feel a thing during that. She left to go do another case while I got good and numb. She came back after about 20 minutes and the nurse was in the room with me the whole time. We had a very pleasant conversation. By this time, the Xanax, the cervical block and Toridal were taking effect and I began to feel really light headed and woozy.
Doc comes in, gets the speculum which was metal and ICE cold and puts it in to open me up. The speculum had a camera on it and the FNP turned the monitor around so I could watch what was going on. Doc did my right tube first. I felt some slight discomfort on my left side of all thing, but that took about 2 minutes to do. The left tube was next. I had a bit more pain, actually a lot more pain with this insertion. The best way I can describe it is a very severe menstral cramp to one side of your body. It lasted about 20 seconds while she positioned the device. Next, she took some photographs of the devices in place for the Essure rep (I had no problem with that part) and for her files and even made me a copy of them. Then, she pulled the speculum out and I was allowed to rest for about 10 minutes. I felt a little dizzy from the pain meds and the nurse got me a cup of Sprite and a few crackers. The nurse followed me into the bathroom so I could get dressed. I did have some spotty bleeding, so before getting dressed, the nurse handed me a pad. My sister was there waiting for me by this time. The nurse got a wheelchair for me and wheeled me out to my sister's car.
I remember driving home with her and being so out of it from the Xanax and the cervical block and the pain shot that she could have picked up Keifer Sutherland hitch hiking naked on the side of the road and I wouldn't have remembered. I took some more high powered motrin when I got home as instructed by my gyn and slept for about an hour and then I woke up, still a bit groggy, but was able to go horseback riding with my husband later that afternoon. I took a hot bath that night to relax what few cramps I had and the next day, I was back to 100%.
I would gladly recommend to ANY woman who wants to get a ligation done to consider this procedure. The whole procedure took maybe 10 minutes. The longest part was waiting on the cervical block to take effect and that was about 20 minutes. I was in and out in under an hour.

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