A Bel Air mom took a drastic step to get rid of a birth control product she says has been a nightmare.
After feeling consistent pain she associates with a popular birth control device, Krystal Donahue opted for surgery to take back control of her health.
Donahue is now back in the kitchen and giving her children a break from chores for the first time in months. She's now the one washing dishes and handling things around the house after spending years dealing with consistent pain she believes was caused by Essure, a birth control device placed in her fallopian tubes.
Donahue opted for a full hysterectomy as a solution to her pain. She underwent the procedure last month.
"Right away I could feel that the pain, the stabbing, the burning, the pain that I've had for two years was gone, completely gone," Donahue said.
Donahue now says she's feeling like a new woman after dealing with a medical nightmare we told you about as part of an ABC2 News investigation. That story detailed how thousands of women are joining together on Facebook to complain about similar symptoms they shared after getting Essure.
The device, which consists of small coils placed inside a woman's fallopian tubes, is approved by the FDA. The agency has received hundreds of adverse reaction reports about the device, many from members of that Facebook group, who have made a nationwide pitch of getting the product pulled off the market.
"Now the buzz is out there and doctors are talking about it so when the women are coming in and saying they have problems they're saying, ‘Oh I've heard about that'," Donahue told us.
For Donahue, the pain she's experienced now feels like it served a purpose. She's not back to 100 percent yet post-surgery. But she says the better health she's experiencing being Essure-free has given her motivation to keep fighting on behalf of other women who share her experience.
"I really feel like we're giving women hope," said Donahue.
Bayer, which now sells Essure after buying its original manufacturer, Conceptus, maintains the device is safe and that the number of complaints made to the FDA represents a tiny fraction of its total users.
Regardless, Donahue and other administrators of the Facebook group are still lobbying to get the device removed from the market. She says they're organizing a second rally in Washington, D.C. for this spring and have their advocate, activist Erin Brockovich, working with members of Congress to discuss the issue.