OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. -- Thousands of women are questioning the safety of the popular birth control, Essure, saying it's ruined their lives.
Essure is a non-hormonal permanent birth control that's 99.8 percent effective for women who are done having children.
According to KFOR, the device -- consisting of tiny metal coils -- is inserted into the Fallopian tubes. After several months, uterine tissue grows around the coils, blocking contraception.
Some women, however, say it causes joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, heavy menstrual cycles and headaches. Others say the procedure, which is supposed to be relatively painless, was excruciating.
"It was like a ripping," Sarah Payne told KFOR. “When you stand up it feels like someone’s taking your muscles or your insides and trying to pull them apart. It would take me to the floor.”
Payne's doctors have suggested she get a hysterectomy after the ordeal. She's also gone into early menopause.
Thousands of women have been posting photos and stories about their side-effects on social media. A website has also been launched for those who have suffered side-effects.