I was supposed to have the Essure procedure done today, but my cervix was so tight they couldn't fit any instruments through. I'm scheduled for a second try under general anesthesia.
Why and how will it be different then? I could understand it if the dilation caused unbearable pain, but that wasn't the case. I felt some pain before the local anesthetic had fully kicked in. Then almost nothing. It got a bit worse towards the end and my heart started racing. There were, however, lots of bloody tissues in the trash bin... It wasn't a shock to me as I see blood spatter in the bin after a regular PAP smear. And if the saline went into my uterus, some of it could be from there.
My main concern is safety. I don't want to go through general anesthesia just to find out it didn't work.
I'm 30 years old and have never given birth.View Thread
I had the procedure this week, and they still weren't able to insert the coils. This time it was because my endometrium was too thick. (Other than the fact that it failed, the whole thing actually went quite well. I've only experienced a bit of nausea and weakness, and very little pain and bleeding.)
We decided that I'll take combined contraceptive pills for one cycle before the next attempt. I'm in need of advice again The nurse did give me instructions, but they were confusing at best, conflicting at worst. Okay, I'll start taking them on the first day of bleeding, around Feb 21. The procedure is scheduled for March 14. If I understood correctly, I should keep taking them until then. That's about 22 days, 24 if my period starts a few days early again. So there isn't time for a scheduled bleeding. Does that sound right? Will it help thin out the endometrium?View Thread
I just remembered this thread and felt like updating, though I haven't yet had the procedure.
I was told they will have to use excessive force to get past the cervix, which will cause so much pain it needs to be done under general anesthesia. It wasn't exactly reassuring, but I don't have a choice. So I decided to just stop thinking about it. (I generally don't worry much, but based on what my mother told me about her minor surgery, I wasn't sure if I was up to it. We're both hypothyroid, have a low stress tolerance and tend to get hypoglycemic. Fasting = bad BTW, my niece has RA too. )
Right after the unsuccessful procedure, I had menstrual-like bleeding. The following day I had bouts of weakness, muscle aches and heavy spotting. For one week, I had sharp pains and aching/burning in my lower abdomen. I mentioned these things to a nurse over the phone. She said it had nothing to do with the procedure and told me to contact my GP. To be sure, I called the office, and they said these types of procedures can cause persistent pain. I wish they'd told me that at the hospital. I mean, I know certain types of pain can drag on if left untreated. It would've been a good idea to take over-the-counter pain meds for a day or two to break the cycle. But either way, now I only have some occasional "sensations" like shooting pains, mild cramps and a sense of pressure. On the off-chance there's something wrong, they'll be able to tell when I check in next month.View Thread
Thank you for the answer. I understand that you can only give an educated guess over the net.
I contacted them today, and we agreed that the GYN will call me before the procedure. Hopefully she'll be more receptive on the phone. The nurse was also able to tell me a bit about the aftercare, although she wasn't there last week. She said that some damage is inevitable. The pain and bleeding could simply be caused by the tenaculum. I was worried I had overexerted, because the pain isn't like menstrual cramps, and now it's milder but constant. But according to her, there shouldn't be any problems once the bleeding stops. (Note to self: next time, ask for appropriate instructions!)View Thread