HOUSTON -

Michelle Garcia says this tiny metal coil, a non-surgical sterilization device called Essure, stole her life.

"I've done birth control for years, I didn't want any kids and I didn't want an operation so my doctor said ‘Okay try Essure,”" Garcia explained.

Garcia says that's when the problems began.

"I was getting sharp stabbing pains multiple times a day. Pain so bad it would wake me up at night; I would wake up curl in a ball and try to breathe thru the pain until it went away," said Garcia.

Madelyn Nunez's doctor told her Essure was a safer alternative compared to the risks of having her tubes tied.

"I would have taken those risks instead of living almost seven years in pain on a constant basis," Nunez said.

The number of women who've joined an Essure problems Facebook page has mushroomed from 30 to over 3,000. Garcia says 11 percent of these women have undergone some type of surgical intervention to have the devices removed.

Removing the device requires a partial or in some cases, full hysterectomy. But, Dr. Emilio Juncosa says adverse effects, such as pain and bloating happen in less than one percent of all cases.

"Placing the Essure is simple and safe; removing it is much more lengthy and complicated for the patient. If a patient comes to my office asking for sterilization I certainly recommend the Essure," Dr. Juncosa said.

For women who do experience problems, legal experts say there's little recourse. One attorney Local 2 consulted said, since the procedure was cleared by the FDA, patients would have no case.

Both Garcia and Nunez underwent surgery to have the device removed.