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Tubal Ligation or Essure? Can you tell me your pros and cons

Posted by on Sep. 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM
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So I'm at the point that I am ready to get my tubes tied or do the essure procedure.  I'm reading a lot of horror stories when I google them both about essure failing and women getting pregnant, cramping and feeling the coils.  And with a tubal women having just god awful heavy periods lasting forever and lots of pain associated with periods.  So both options scare me to death right now.  And the pill is starting to affect my hormones and I'm at a crossroads right now but I do know that we don't want anymore kids (we have 3).  Please share with me your experiences.  Maybe the ones I've read about are those 1 in 1000 people but I'd probably be one of those that have the bad things happen to because that's the way my llife works.  Thanks ladies.

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Kell913
by on Sep. 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I can't speak for essure. But I got my tubes tied after my 3rd child. My periods were heavier at first (they were after all my kids for almost a year) but now my daughter is over a year old. I am getting my period like I did before I had a kid. I would sit down and talk to your doctor, and ask her what she thinks. There are going to be horror stories for everything. Not everyone reacts the same. Good luck

lakens_mommy
by Member on Sep. 15, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I had the tubal ligation done. The only problem I had was feeling some pain within the first couple of weeks. The doctor said something like it was the cells dying where the tubes were tied. I've had no problems ever since.

Some friends got the Essure and they wished they didn't. You have to get the Depo shot before you get the procedure done. All of them were bleeding for between 5-9 months. That's one of the reasons I chose to have it done the other way.




 







MKSmom09
by on Sep. 15, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I had a tubal in 2007, my period was not ever heavy, I never had cramps, but now my periods are horrible and painful.  I can't speak for Essure but if I were you I would have your so have a vasectomy it is far less invasive for him and the healing time is quicker.  If I could go back I would have had an IUD or something other than the tubal. Good Luck but as the previous poster stated Check with your doctor before doing anything.good luck

Kell913
by on Sep. 15, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I didn't even think of that, someone had said have your hubby get clipped. My hubby was going get it done after our 2nd never got around to it, then we had a 3rd (so happy about that =) ) But I got my tubes tied after my csection.

Jaxonsmom
by on Sep. 15, 2009 at 2:09 PM

you could get an endometrail ablation.  Lots of people I know have had one and love it!

Endometrial ablation
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that uses a lighted viewing instrument (hysteroscope) and other instruments to destroy (ablate) the uterine lining, or endometrium. Endometrial ablation can be done by:

Laser beam (laser thermal ablation).
Heat (thermal ablation), using:
Radiofrequency.
A balloon filled with saline solution that has been heated to 85C (thermal balloon ablation).
Normal saline (heated free fluid).
Electricity, using a resectoscope with a loop or rolling ball electrode.
Freezing.
Microwave.
The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.

What To Expect After Surgery
Endometrial ablation is usually done in an outpatient facility or hospital. The procedure may be done using a local or spinal anesthesia, although general anesthesia is sometimes used.

It takes a few days to 2 weeks to recover.

Why It Is Done
Endometrial ablation is used to control heavy, prolonged vaginal bleeding when:

Bleeding has not responded to other treatments.
Childbearing is completed.
You prefer not to have a hysterectomy to control bleeding.
Other medical problems prevent a hysterectomy.
How Well It Works
Most women will have reduced menstrual flow following endometrial ablation, and up to half will stop having periods. 1

Younger women are less likely than older women to respond to endometrial ablation. After an endometrial ablation, younger women are more likely to continue to have periods and need a repeat procedure.

Young women may be treated with either gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogues ( GnRH-As) 1 to 3 months before the procedure. This will decrease their production of estrogen and help thin the lining of the uterus (endometrium).

Risks
Problems that can happen during endometrial ablation include:

Accidental puncture (perforation) of the uterus.
Burns (thermal injury) to the uterus or the surface of the bowel.
Buildup of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
Sudden blockage of arterial blood flow within the lung (pulmonary embolism).
Tearing of the opening of the uterus (cervical laceration).
These problems are uncommon but can be severe.

What To Think About
Regrowth of the endometrium may occur after you have endometrial ablation. This procedure is not recommended if you have a high risk for endometrial cancer.

Do not consider this procedure if you plan to become pregnant in the future.

Although this surgery usually causes sterility by destroying the lining of the uterus, pregnancy may still be possible if a small part of the endometrium is left in place. This can lead to severe pregnancy problems. Birth control of some form is needed if you have not finished menopause.

JessecaLynn
by on Sep. 15, 2009 at 2:09 PM

 I had a tubal ligation after my 3rd baby, March of 08.  I really haven't had any issues.  I had a quick recovery with minimal pain after the first 24 hours.  My periods have gone back to the way they were before I was on the pill.  No to mild cramping  they last about 5 days with 2 days of moderately heavy bleeding but it isn't like filling a pad every hour or anything.  Then the other 3 days are very, very light bleeding.  So I have had a very good experience.


God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers

kgsharber
by Bronze Member on Sep. 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I had the Essure procedure done last year at the end of april (after my 3rd son) I am now 31 weeks pregnant (with a girl ;0). So now my youngest two kids will be 19 months apart

It is too new. Don't do it!!!!!! 

kgsharber
by Bronze Member on Sep. 15, 2009 at 2:14 PM


Quoting kgsharber:

I had the Essure procedure done last year at the end of april (after my 3rd son) I am now 31 weeks pregnant (with a girl ;0). So now my youngest two kids will be 19 months apart

It is too new. Don't do it!!!!!! 

And yes, I went to all of my follow up appointments and did everything they asked.

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