The Horror Stories From Essure Birth Control Are Scary As Hell

If these women knew what the adverse effects the Essure birth control procedure would have done to them, they wouldn't have gone through with it. The stories are pretty frightening. Over the past few weeks, hundreds of women have come out with their horror stories about the lasting symptoms from the sterilization procedure that are "ravaging their bodies," according to NBC Los Angeles.

The Essure device, which allows women to still enjoy sex without worrying about getting pregnant, involves a pair of nickel metal coils that are inserted in the Fallopian tubes. Scar tissue that gets built up around the coils keep out sperm and prevents pregnancy. It seems simple enough, however, women are complaining that they're getting much more than they bargained for.

Some have said that the pain they felt afterwards was so intense that they had to get hysterectomies. Some felt bloated, developed rashes, and the coils even broke through the Fallopian tubes, according to ABC15. NBC Los Angeles added that women were found "bleeding every day," had developed a "spiderweb" of scar tissue, and one felt like her "insides were on fire."

The FDA approved of the Essure permanent birth control back in 2002, and has since addressed the complaints on their website, saying, "Although there is evidence of complications, as there are with all medical devices, overall results from this study did not demonstrate any new safety problems or an increased incidence of problems already known."

There are Facebook groups dedicated to the symptoms from Essure, including Essure Problems Facebook page, which has nearly 4,000 members. However, of the 900 negative complaints to the FDA on Essure, that only makes up less than 1 percent of the total procedures completed. Still, the severity of the issues, not the quantity are what nightmares are made of.