OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s a popular birth control but one that thousands of women are begging to get off the market, KFOR reported.
Essure is marketed as a nonhormonal permanent birth control for women who are done having children. The device is inserted into the fallopian tubes.
Tiny metal coils are implanted by a gynecologist in the doctor’s office. After several months, uterine tissue grows into the metal coils, blocking conception.
“It sounded like a good thing to me. I mean. I’ve got a busy life. I’ve got five kids.” said Crystal Plumlee, who chose Essure because it was the most affordable, effective option.
“It’s not worth it,” she says. “It might seem easier, but it’s not worth it in the long run.”
Plumlee experiences joint pain, chronic fatigue, weight gain, irregular heavy menstrual cycles and debilitating headaches.
“There are some people who are having success with it, but I would not want to gamble that,” she said. “I’m not a gambler. Unfortunately this is something I gambled with, and I’ve made one of the biggest mistakes of my life.”
Women are posting pictures and sharing their stories on Facebook. Activist Erin Brockovich joined in the fight, launching a website for women who have suffered adverse effects because of Essure.