essure or tube tying?

Alisha - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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im pregnant with my 3rd child and this will be my last i want my tubes tied after the baby comes but i heard about this new procedure that doesn't involve sugery and less painful than tying tubes its called essure. has anyone heard of that or had their tubes tied?

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Kelly - posted on 12/08/2009

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I agree with Jackie on the burning of the uterus; my sister-in-law had it done because her periods were so heavy, it didn't work and she ended up having a hysterectomy anyway. I always try to tell my own experiences with tubal ligation, just to let people know. I had my tubes tied after my last child (vaginal birth, I had never had any kind of surgery and didn't know to expect the healing to be so painful, but it was pretty bad for a couple of weeks). That was almost four years ago. Then, two months ago, I got pregnant. I went to the family doctor on a Saturday for a pregnancy test, because my period was two weeks late. The test was positive. On that Monday, I went to the OB/GYN for an ultrasound, because I knew I was at a higher risk of tubal pregnancy because of having had my tubes tied. The doctor did the ultrasound and said it was a tubal pregnancy. You could see something in my uterus, but he said that was blood because I hadn't had my period. The next morning I had surgery to remove the tubal pregnancy and re-tie my tubes, as they apparently had healed back. At my follow-up appointment a couple of weeks later, the doctor informed me that I had not had a tubal pregnancy, that what looked like a pregnancy in my tube on the ultrasound was actually a cyst on my ovary. He removed the cyst and part of my ovary in the surgery. I actually had a miscarriage. He assured me it was not a viable pregnancy, but of course I will always wonder if maybe I should have had a second opinion, or waited a little while for the surgery. BTW, the recovery from this surgery was also pretty bad for a couple of weeks. I didn't really want any more kids (at forty years old) of course, but I would not have done anything to cause a miscarriage if I had known. In researching this I have heard that the chance of pregnancy after having tubes tied is about 1 in 200, which is pretty high I think. There is much less chance of problems later if the man gets "fixed" instead. My husband would never go for it, but I would encourage others to try! Sorry this is so long, but maybe my story will help you. Good luck!

Angie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Hi I am actualy getting my tubes tied tomorrow, I also have 3 kids, all by c section. A forth c section would be very dangerous for me. I'm having it done laparoscopicly though. I heard of the essure they put it in vaginaly, they are coils made out of a titanium/nickel alloy. If you are allergic to nickel you can not have it done, which I am. I know many people are allergic to nickel, there is a blood test the doctor can do to test for it. If you have your ears pierced and they get bright red and hurt when you wear cheap earrings in them, you are probably allergic to nickle. Nickel is the metal that most people are allergic to.

Cassie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting ashley :

ive never heard of the essure but there is this other thing ive heard of it were the burn the lining of your uterus an it keeps you from having periods an from getting pregnant, ive heard there is little to no pain involved an no hospital stay im getting it done in six an a half years when im 30



I asked my doctor about this when I was checking my options. She was really down on it, because it stops your periods, which sounds great, but having an abnormal period is an indication that something may be wrong. No period, no early warning sign.



I went with Essure. Unfortunately, I'm one of the small percentage of people that rejected the microcapsule. One fallopian tube, completely blocked. The other, they are unwilling to say is completely blocked (I'm sure for insurance reasons, damn sue happy people).



The pain wasn't bad at all. It's an out patient procedure, so unless your doctor has the set up for it, you'll have to go to a surgical center. The most painful thing is they must spread your legs really wide during the procedure, because after I woke up my hips hurt pretty bad for a couple of hours. No cramping, bleeding, or uterine pain, though.



My doctor's advice, have your husband/boyfriend get a vasectomy. It's much easier for him!



 

Miranda - posted on 12/08/2009

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I had my tubes tied and burnt 4 years ago when my 3rd child was born. It was no fun and it hurt like hell for a couple weeks after ward. Laughing, going up and down stairs, or bending a certain way was out of the question. I would find something less painful. Like the Essure. Good luck.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/08/2009

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I had mine done laroscopically. I have one tiny scar that you can barely even see. I was in pain the first day because of the air pumped into my belly but after that, it was smooth sailing! Good Luck!

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Heather - posted on 12/08/2009

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I know of 2 cases where people still got pregnant after having their tubes tied.
1. My ex's mom had hers tied and an ovary removed and had a little boy after 13 years.
2. My mom is pregnant again and had hers tied 2 years ago.

Alison - posted on 12/08/2009

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My GYN was so right when she said birth control is never easy because you are fighting nature. This thread is really making me hesitate about getting my tubes tied. I just don't really trust the vasectomy.



Can I keep my Myrena until menopause???

Jackie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Burning of the uterus isn't really for birth control. It is a procedure that is for women with other issues like heavy periods and are too old or don't want more children anyways. My mother just had it done in Sept because she has been in the change of life for 10 years now but hasn't made the full transition. Her periods were regular and extermely heavy almost to the point of hemeraging. You can still get your period after the operation and she hasn't missed one yet. Also it is painful... you are literally burning the inside of your uterus... of course its painful. It is an alternative to a hysterctomy not an alternative to having your tubes tied.

Becky - posted on 12/08/2009

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wow......i am not sure where some doctor but i had my tubes tied 12 yrs ago after my son and it was laprscopy through my bellybutton.....a little tender but other than that no pain..........all I can say is be sure you want it because we had a reversal done(remarried) and tried to have babies......had to do ivf.......got pregnant with two babies and lost them both...(1st in june 2nd in july).....be sure you want no more babies first and if there is a doubt get the shot or do the pill because sometimes things don't work as they should.

Sharina - posted on 12/08/2009

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I had to have my last child (#6) via c-section and they tied my tubes at the same time. I don't think I would want them going up my cervix with coils. I'd rather have my tubes tied. good luck!

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ive never heard of the essure but there is this other thing ive heard of it were the burn the lining of your uterus an it keeps you from having periods an from getting pregnant, ive heard there is little to no pain involved an no hospital stay im getting it done in six an a half years when im 30

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Quoting alisha:

essure or tube tying?

im pregnant with my 3rd child and this will be my last i want my tubes tied after the baby comes but i heard about this new procedure that doesn't involve sugery and less painful than tying tubes its called essure. has anyone heard of that or had their tubes tied?


From what I understand, Essure is a procedure done in your doctor's office.  They enter through your cervix and put these coils in your fallopian tubes.  It takes approximately three months for the fallopian tubes to scar around the coils (thus blocking the egg from coming down the tubes).  You have to go back to the doctor after three months to verify the tubes are blocked.  Meanwhile you have to use birth control.  A friend had it done and she experienced a lot of cramping and was miserable for a few days afterwards.  If I had my choice I would have my tubes tied right after delivery.

Rebecca - posted on 12/08/2009

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I heard of a new one as well but i do not know what the procedure is called. All i know is that with the new one they go in through your cervix and do it that way instead of cutting you open and the healing process i'm told is days instead of weeks.

I will be getting the new one when we are done having kids and my husband will be getting done as well.

Good luck!

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