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Nickel + Essure 
28th-Feb-2008 05:24 pm
I recently discovered that there's nickel in Essure, and it's got me pretty bummed.

I read the one tag on nickel, with not so much help.

I was wondering if any of you had Essure and also an allergy to nickel.

I'm not even sure I'm actually allergic, I just know that my ears suck when I wear cheap earrings (red, itchy, gross).

I've got another gyn appointment in three weeks that I plan on asking about, since I stupidly forgot yesterday. So.. if you're in a similar ear-boat as I am, and successfully had Essure implanted, I'd really appreciate your input.

Thanks!
Comments 
29th-Feb-2008 12:34 am (UTC)
A reaction to cheap earrings doesn't necessarily indicate a real nickel allergy. I believe there's testing that can be done. The Essure people recommend against getting it if you have a confirmed allergy, though.
29th-Feb-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
I have the same problem and I have Essure. If you're concerned, there's a skin test that can be done to confirm or deny a nickel allergy.
25th-Aug-2008 12:29 pm (UTC) - essure
Anonymous
did you get the nickle test done? if so where?
29th-Feb-2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I have a nickel allergy, very bad, and my doc told me essure was not a good idea for me. I got a normal tubal instead. (Which was not bad at all, you could just do that.)
29th-Feb-2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
If you're concerned, I'd get an allergy test first. I didn't get the test before I had Essure done, but I admit it made me kinda nervous since I'm allergic to many things. Thankfully, nickel doesn't seem to be one of them.
3rd-Mar-2008 08:31 pm (UTC) - Essure
I cannot wear regular earrings, so I may have a nickel allergy. I had Essure implants put in November 2005, and I hate them. The pelvic pain that I have had since is almost worse than labor. I am considering getting them removed, so much for avoiding surgery by using this procedure. They have killed my sex life also due to the constant pelvic pain. I had also wondered if it was due to the nickel and possibly a reaction. My suggestion is DON'T DO IT!
12th-Mar-2008 04:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Essure
A few people have had their Essure implants removed due to pain, but I'm having a hard time finding accounts I can link to. Here is a link to a journal article regarding removal of implants, but it requires a subscription for access. And another one. I recommend trying local university libraries to see if the librarians there can get access to the full text for you. I would also recommend calling the makers of Essure at 1-877-377-8731 to see if there are any doctors in your area with experience in removing Essure, or to see if they can get information to your doctor on removal (and to see if a more traditional tubal an be performed at the same time). Good luck.
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8th-May-2008 04:36 am (UTC) - Essure and nickle
Anonymous
I had it done on January and ever since I have had a rash (yay for me) and bladder infections.... I can't help but think that it has something to do with me being allergic to jewelry (inexpensive). the doctors look at me like I am crazy when I go see them, but I can't think of anything else it could be.
6th-Jun-2008 07:26 pm (UTC) - Re: Essure and nickle
Anonymous
I had the Essure procedure done 5-5-08. A couple days ago, I developed a mild rash all over my arms, torso, and tops of my legs. I am sensitive to nickel in earings. The whole procedure itself was outstanding, but now I am worried. I am going to wait a little while and see if it clears up before I ask my Dr. about a nickel allergy. It may not be connected. But I can't find any info on the symptoms of nickel from an implant. How soon afterwards did you get your rash and what is it like? Where is it located exactly?
Thanks
25th-Jul-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Alot of Doctors are new to this Essure procedure. Mine has done it & says still with how new it is he looks up information on it everytime. He made me take a Nickle Allergy test before he signed off on the procedure because he asked me about "cheep jewelry" & I told him I wasnt sure if it was cheap jewelry or just any jewelry because it seems no matter what Iput in my ears they get red & itchy. apparently I got sensitive ears because I am not allergic & my apointmaent is set up for August 13th. with 2 presurgery visits - 1 at my doctors office to sign away my rights to have children (a concent form & a personaly written statement saying why I want no more children - I'm 28 w 3 kids & a step daughter & Fibromyalgia, the last pregnancy was horrifically aweful - I wouldnt do it again for a billion dollars & also A depo shot so I am not bleeding & can not get pregnant for the 3 months it is closing off the tubes) then I have to go the next day to the Hospital to sign papers for them then a wk later I get the surgery. I'm excited. I was also told that if I was allergic to Nickle that Essure is coming out with a alternitive for the allergy & I could just wait so to say essure does not care once they have your money is false - whomever you talked to just didnt care seems - proof that 1 person can make a difference.......
10th-Mar-2009 02:29 am (UTC) - nickel
Anonymous
I am going through hell right now. I had the essure procedure done almost 3 weeks ago. My body is not the same, i told my doc that i was could not wear cheap earrings and etc. i break out pretty bad.She told me that i did not have anything to worry about. NOT TRUE. i have had the shakes, heart flutters, profuse sweating, creepy crawlies all over my body. i have been to the doc several times, been to the emergency room, and even got a second opinion. I was diagnosed with everything from stomach virus, infections, and inflammation in the lining of the uterus. I later found that the brochure says that it is not for women who are allergic to nickel. I trusted my doc now i have to have major surgery to remove the coils. DON'T DO IT PLEASE!!!! i would have had a tubal if I had known but now i have to have something much worse. I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow.
12th-Mar-2009 02:43 am (UTC) - Re: nickel
Anonymous
There is a class action suit for essure in the works. This product sucks. There are many women experiencing problems from this procedure. Major pain, metal coils migrating into the abdomen, allergies, pregnancies even after HSG. Bet a lot of you weren't told about the risk of having MRI's with the metal coils. The majority of the doctors don't know what to do when there is a problem and the company acts as if they have never heard of these problems. It takes major surgery to remove them if you have a problem. Go to womens-health forum or Aprodites forums and read all the problems. If interested in participating in class action go to one of those sites and you can find info about the class action.
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16th-Mar-2009 07:25 pm (UTC) - allergic to nickel
Anonymous
if you are allergic to nickel as i am - please don't have the essure procedure. i told my doctor that i was allergic to "cheap jewelry". She told me that the coils were made of a metal alloy but were nickel free. she told me that less than 2% of the population are allergic to metal. she said that i had nothing to worry about. OK - so 3 weeks after the procedure i had to have a lap hysterectomy and had alot of lesions and cysts that i never had before. i know in my heart that it was a reaction to the nickel. don't do it. this procedure is not meant for those who are sensitive to metals. this procedure is being promoted as the best thing since sliced bread. BE WARE!!!!!! my doctor did not tell me that the method for removal was a hysterectomy = her nurse told me. THe truth is not being told about ESSURE...RUNNNNNNNN don't do it...
7th-Jun-2009 01:32 pm (UTC) - Essure
Anonymous
I had the procedure done in February, 2004. I have been chronically ill since. I did not attribute the early symptoms to essure hence the delay in removal. My symptoms began with "sensitivities" to medications and have grown to include just about everything. I am in the process of finding a surgeon to remove the coils. I hope my insurance will pay for removal, and I hope I can avoid a hysterectomy. I don't recommend this procedure.
22nd-Jun-2009 06:20 pm (UTC) - Re: Essure
Anonymous
I had the proceedure done Oct 6th 2008! I am 7 weeks PREGNANT!!!!!
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12th-Aug-2009 05:53 pm (UTC) - Essure PREGNANCY Question
Anonymous
I have had the implants for 3 years. I was only the 2nd person that the Gynecologist had performed the procedure on. I have been pleased and have only experienced the mild cramping (I was fortunate enough to have not experienced cramps before the procedure)DON'T HATE ME! I am curious for those of you who have become pregnant, did you do the follow up visit with a radiologist to have the injected die procedure done in order to CONFIRM that NOTHING was getting through? The die procedure was more painful than the implanting procedure and confirmed that nothing was passing the implant location.
28th-Feb-2011 08:28 pm (UTC) - Re: Essure PREGNANCY Question
Anonymous
Placement of the device is the most important thing, next is if the tubes are blocked or not. Your doctor should know this.
12th-Sep-2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I had the Essure procedure done in Oct.2008. I think I am allergic to nickel, but not positive. For the last couple of months I have had pains in my stomach which get worse when I sleep on my stomach or have intercourse, also I bleed after having sex or sleeping on my stomach. I dont know if this could be from an allergic reaction to the essure or something else. I dont have insurance right now and have already spent hundreds of dollars for a dr. to do a pap and send me home(the pap came back normal). PLEASE HELP!!
17th-Sep-2009 05:53 pm (UTC) - It can be removed safely....
Anonymous
Hello,

There are highly skilled physicians that can safely remove Essure and on an outpatient basis. Dr. Monteith of Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center has just written a new blog post on Essure and the choice to have it removed.

Essure Reversal: What You Need To Know

Here is the link: http://www.tubal-reversal.net/blog/2009/tubal-ligation-reversal/essure-reversal-what-you-need-to-know.html

Hope this helps....
20th-Sep-2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I was curious about the Essure product. They make it sound wonderful. So I schedule an appointment with a new dr since mine does not do the procedure. This dr went over everything and he came to the nickel allergy and I told him about reactions I had to metal(rash, sometimes oozing). He assured me that a nickel allergy is very rare. Well he told me to make an appointment with an allergist. Waste of time, the allergist does not do nickel testing. They put me in touch with a dermatologist. This dr is great. I go in and he asks me what kind of reactions I have had to metal. I tell him about my neck or fingers breaking out if I wear cheap jewelry. I also tell him about my stomach breaking out if I wear jeans. He was totally honest,he said if you break out like that externally I wonder what it would do to your insides. And I really don't think you should go through the nickel allergy testing because you may have a severe reaction. Not to mention that you cannot bathe for a week with nickel testing. He also wondered out loud, if the reason a dam is formed in the first place is due to some sort of irritation. I also have to wonder, if nickel allergies are so rare why do they make specific jewelry without it.
24th-Sep-2009 03:33 pm (UTC) - comments on the comments
Anonymous
1) an allergy to nickel is a contraindication to essure placement, per the guidelines setup by the FDA. that said, nickel is in most cardiac stents and no one asks if those patients are nickel allergic before placing them. it's not yet known if an allergy to nickel causes health problems after essure placement. could it contribute to inflammation and therefore to uterine cramping? sure, that's how it works. it leads to inflammation within the tube which leads to a build up of scar tissue which eventually blocks the channel within the tube

2) because the implants are imbedded in a layer of scar tissue within a few weeks, they are essentially impossible to remove without wedging out the corner of the uterus, what amounts to a partial hysterectomy.

3) the failure rates of most serilization procedures are usually quotes as being roughly 1:300. those numbers are also used for essure. however, with regards to essure, almost all of the pregnancies, or "failures", occurred right before implantation, when a pregnancy test wouldnot yet have been positive, or in the first few weeks after insertion. once the implants have been placed and have had htree months to scar in and the HSG test confirms tubal occlusion, pregnancies are almost unheard of. the failure rate after confirmation of tubal occlusion with essure is probably closer to 1:10,000 or better


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27th-Nov-2009 12:35 am (UTC) - Re: comments on the comments
Anonymous
Most cardiac stents are used for life saving measures. Yes there are reactions to the stents. I've read all the instructions for use and yes it does say not to use if you are allergic to nickel. Unfortunately some doctors are not properly screening women for the nickel allergies. Also it is possible to not be allergic to something initially but after repeated exposure develop allergies. I experienced terrible pain with this product and to my horror found out no one knew what to do. Conceptus could only say that there was no way the metal coils could cause problems. I have done quite a bit of studying and talking to other healthcare professionals and they are all shocked that anyone would even consider putting metal coils made with nickel into perfectly healthy women. Research and you will find documented cases of metal coil migration into the abdomen even after so called sucessful placement. Does a doctor not care about the potential for migration and what harm that might do? Does a doctor not care that if the procedure goes wrong it will cause a woman to have to have major surgery? Does a doctor not care that the procedure may never work on some women and then they have still use alternate forms of birth control. Do doctors not care about the future potential problems with MRI's? Sorry but having experienced the procedure and what can go wrong and the manipulation of doctors trying to cover up for this procedure I strongly urge women not to even consider this.
24th-Sep-2009 04:47 pm (UTC) - nickel allergy
Anonymous
actually, nickel allergy isn't rare. what is rare is the awareness of nickel allergy, i.e., "i've never heard of it, so it must be uncommon".

here's a sample link from searching "nickel allergy", http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/nickel_allergy.html

if you have a reaction to jewelry, you should be tested before having essure placed.
26th-Oct-2009 08:28 pm (UTC) - Nickel
Anonymous
Nickel should never be installed in the human blood stream. 15% of the population has a Nickel allergy. There has never been human testing done, only a CDC study with Rats, Not pretty. The FDA has failed use again. Heart stents contain 13.57% Nickel and has made life a living hell for a lot of people.
Dr's don't know much about anything outside of there studies. The AMA ethics board stated the Dr's should know about the toxic effects of Nickel, but are not taking the time to look up studies done regarding this problem. Most other counties knew about this 25 years ago.
27th-Nov-2009 12:39 am (UTC) - Re: Nickel
Anonymous
You are so right in the FDA has let us down and continues to do so. The doctors are also letting us down in that if a product gets FDA approval until the FDA issues any kind of warning doctors can continue to use product and not worry about any consequences. Even when they know it has problems. Doctors please stop listening to those pretty little sales reps and do some research of your own. Research if other doctors that are raving about something if they are being compensated.
29th-Oct-2009 03:31 pm (UTC) - Essure Removal - surgery
Anonymous
Has anyone had the Essure removed? I am considering the Chapel Hill Center and am waiting on a nurse to call me back. If anyone has had their regular OB (the person who placed the Essure to begin with) remove it, I would love to know your experience. This is really stressing me out. Thank you.
13th-May-2010 11:14 pm (UTC) - Re: Essure Removal - surgery
Anonymous
I had my essure surgically removed in Dec of 2009. I suffered for almost 7 months with severe pain and heavy painful periods. My gyno finally agreed to remove them I lost alot of weight also, it was like my body was rejecting them and I was sick all the time. I haven't felt the same since I had them put in even though they are gone and I had to have my tubes removed to get them out I still have pain from the surgery it must be scar tissue or adhesions that have formed. I would not recommend anyone to get these implants they are terrible. I went through a lot of pain and suffering.
29th-Nov-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm also on a waiting list for Essure and now VERY worried...

I'm horribly allergic to metals, classic first appearance with ear piercing and every single teen attempt to wear cheap earrings, I get reactions with cheap watches/bangles, jeans buckles, even metal on swim wear.

The only good thing is that I can also react to 'nickel free' jewellry.

I'm going to speak to OB tomorrow for sure.. was already wondering about wait time, was expecting it during autumn.


But now also very worried about insertion issues, not so much of pregnancy risk, I'm almost 42 and hubby has low sperm counts.. our first daughter took over 3 years and 2 IVF/ICSI cycles to conceive.... our second a huge surprise 11 months later, but I was 38½ then. Too scared to go without something permanent, esp since I'm having some major mood altering on porgesterone only pill Cerazette.. while its better than most, no period since July, I'm now thinking it causing my other problems.

arggghhhhhh so confused now!
1st-Dec-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
If you are allergic to nickel then you should not have this procedure done no matter what your doctor says. The FDA instructions for use says not use on women who have nickel allergies. It seems that doctors don't worry about that though and the company is definately not making sure that recipients of their product are properly screened. They are all making too much money. So what if you have to have another procedure because of essure, just means someone makes some more money.
11th-Jan-2010 03:18 am (UTC) - Essure
Anonymous
I had the essure done on feb 14 2005 since then i have had many problems cramping, abnormal bleeding and was even told that the disc in my left tube was shifted ( not in place) in March 2009 found out i was 2 months prego i was happy actually. but lost it two months after. i wish i never had the procedure done i am now trying to get it removed so if anyone has any real help please let me know where do i turn and what is affordable i have spoke with a doctor in Guatemala that is where my husband is from and they said it will be 2500.00 to have them removed great price right and i personally know of a lady who went to this doctor but i am not looking foward to going to Guatemala please help me get info e-mail me if you know anything. like where to get loans to get this done rachelavon@zoominternet.net
19th-Feb-2010 05:51 am (UTC) - Essure Insertion
Anonymous
I am a cardiac patient and my cardiologist has receommended for me to have this essure I trust him very much I have known him for over 20yrs and I dont think he would stear me the wrong way he cares about me as a person and as a patient. But I didnt like the way the OB?GYN treated me had a 5 mins. visit with her talked about the precedure and she qauickly examined me and I was on my way after I signed all paperwork a si cried in the office the dr just looked at me I am 43 never have had children and now I had to go threw this procedure and a uterin ablation so I wont bleed hopefully ever again. I told them that i may have an allergy I wore a scarve that had metalic yarn in it and it gave me a rash after 1 minute had to use some cream for it and was better afer a few days but have never had any reactions lilke that beofre ever in my life I can wear any kind of jewlery. I had an appt in Oct 2009 but I wzas so sick with bronchitis that the anesthisailogist didnt want to take my case she said get better and we'll reshcedule b/c of hear theart condition it has to be done in a hospital enviornment and under anesthesia with a high risk anesthesialolgist and the head of OB/GYN at UCLA I am a kaiser patient and they are payiing for itso Now I have an appt for March 26th 2010 have to my pre-op done with all my dr's so they can sign off that I am well and other testing before surgery. But you ladies are scarring me... I hope an dpray to GOD that all goes well with my procedure I cant go through surgery like a regular tubal due to my cardiac condition .... my heart will not withstand it they put me on depo due to a ovarian cyst 4 yrs ago and now they want me off depo b/c they say cardiac pts should only be on depo for no more than 2 yrs and I have had for almost 4 yrs that is why they didnt not operate for the ovarian cyst I had due to comlications of my heart ....
24th-Feb-2010 09:27 pm (UTC) - Essure/ not so sure????
Anonymous
I had the essure procedure in july of 2009 and in oct of 2009 had my xray to confirm blockage of my tube, which by the way was completely blocked and now i find out i am 7 wks pregnant. At first i thought i had the stomach virus because as they claim " no more worries" but after a week i decided to take a test. I cant believe it happened but we are having another baby. I called the essure company and they didn't want to give me any information about any other cases being reported only that it is 99.8% effective. All they wanted to know was if i had contacted my doctor. Like that wasn't the first thing that i did. So disappointed in the company.
10th-May-2010 10:10 am (UTC) - Essure procedure
Anonymous
I had the Essure procedure done in 2004 and ended up having to have a hysterectomy in 2008 to get the coils out! My doctor never did a nickel sensitivity test on me and after suffering with chronic problems for 4 years and getting no answers from my gynecologist I did my own research. When I discovered that nickel sensitivity was a contraindication I had an allergy test … I have a sensitivity to nickel! … yet my gyno NEVER investigated this as a possible reason for my problems. I was so unwell that it may have been more than just a sensitivity to the nickel ... I just don't know. I went from being a healthy, fit, vibrant woman to; gaining 15 kilos even though I was eating well and exercising regularly, feeling extremely lethargic, ongoing pain, bloating, foul smelling vaginal odour and unpredictable gushes of acidic smelling fluid that would leave me embarrassingly drenched and sometimes it would burn the skin of my vulva. I really felt my body was sick, I felt like I was dying. My hormones are now horribly unbalanced, I can’t shift the weight gain, I still suffer with vaginal odour and lethargy. I had the procedure done after getting divorced and not wanting anymore children but because of the problems that I have had since having the coils inserted I have not wanted to get into a relationship as I am so embarrassed! It has been a nightmare. Oh how I wish I could have my time over again, I would never have had this done.
19th-May-2010 01:09 am (UTC) - Re: Essure procedure
Anonymous
I also suffer from same of the symptoms that most of these women are complaining about and yourself. After my husband passed away, and I began dating again, I did not want anymore children. I had this procedure done on Feb. 11 2010 and regret it since 3 days after. I have had horrible pain in my lower stomach, constipation, leg pain, back pain and just PAIN!!! I also feel as though I am going to die. I really wish that doctors would have told me about this kind of risk. nothing was mentioned to me except minor cramping after the procedure. I am attempting to have the devices taken out or my tubes taken out or a hysterectomy, anything to make this pain go away and these coils out of me. I do not know if I have a nickel allergy or not and have been to every doctor under mankind, that says nothing is medically wrong with me. I feel as though I am loosing my mind and my pocketbook from doctor visits.
If anyone is aware of a class action lawsuit against Essure, I would greatly appreciate the information.
24th-May-2010 12:34 am (UTC) - Essure
Anonymous
I had my Essure procedure done in 2008 I think it was June when I had the inserts placed, I first off want to mention inserting them was more painful than labor, it also took about 45 minutes not 10 minutes like whats stated on the Essure website. I also had the dye procedure done in September 2008 to make sure the implants were in place and healed over which was confirmed at that time, bye the way another extremely painful procedure. From the time the implants were placed and until the day I had them removed about 8 months later I was sick all the time, I lost so much weight people thought I was dying. I was in pain, I had cramping and my periods were the worst I have ever had. My doctor finally agreed to remove them and the only way to get them out is by going under and having surgery, they have to remove your tubes with the implants that's the only way to get them out. I was so sick and weak by the time I had them removed I had a hard time waking up from the anesthesia. To this day I have pains in the two areas where the tubes were removed because scar tissue has built up around the incision areas. I can't believe that nothing is being done to compensate all of us that have had such horrific experiences with this product and it's because of the negligence of this company. The doctors aren't going to say or do anything they are only a marketing tool for Conceptus Incorporated.. to peddle their product and the doctors gain equipment and supplies just like how a salesman makes commission. I'm just glad that my doctor has a conscience and agreed to remove them. I will be seeking legal advice about this product because at this time in my life and after reading the hundreds of other horror story posts of other women who have suffered and had problems I feel this company has to be stopped so no one else has to go through this horrific procedure. My email is tguerrini1@aol.com If anyone has any questions or wants any information I will be happy to help out the best I can. Tina
27th-May-2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I am so glad i read this. I am scheduled for the procedure July 8th. I asked if any pain had been reported after the procedure other than what was common the first couple days. My answer was no. I think i'll just stay on the pill.
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