My Mirena IUD Led Me To The Surgical Room

This is not going to be an easy blog to write, but I’m doing this for the following reason- I want every woman to be aware of the risks of having the Mirena IUD implanted. I want you to know that when you are told “the possible risks include”, those risks happen more often than you think. 2 in every 1000 women who have the Mirena IUD fitted, have it perforate their uterus and enter another area of their body. These women have to have laparoscopy surgery to have it removed. I was one of those two women. Here is my story.

On September 10th, 2012 I gave birth to my second child. My husband and I agreed that we did not want more children for a while, and as I am exclusively breastfeeding, I wanted to chose suitable birth control. My two choices boiled down to the mini pill, or having an IUD fitted. A friend of mine had recently become pregnant on the mini pill, and several friends had told me that the IUD worked for them, while making their periods lighter and giving them hassle free contraception for years. I liked this idea.

But I was in a rush. My mom had flown to Los Angeles from London and taken time off work to be with me and my children through my birth. She is the only person we trust to babysit my 2 year-old daughter and so I wanted it done before she left.  She was due to fly back 7 weeks after the day my son was born. As Mirena can be fitted 6 weeks post partum, I went to my OBGYN’s office on Thursday October 28th, 2012 and had it inserted, 6 weeks and 3 days after giving birth.

After insertion of the IUD by my OBGYN, I was in absolute agony. I had been told by my doctor’s office that bleeding and cramping were normal. I was so dizzy on the drive home that I was scared I might pass out. I came back and just lay on the couch and endured the pain.

The next day I called my OBGYN’s office as soon as they opened and told the nurse that I was having sharp pains. She asked that I take pain killers and call her back in a few hours. The pain became less, so I thought it might stop, and I decided not to call back. In the evening though, I was in agony yet again. I can only describe the pain as so sharp that I felt like something was stabbing me from the inside. I couldn’t walk or bend down.

I endured this over the weekend. On Monday night, my mom was due to fly back to London at 10pm, so I told her that I would go to my OBGYN’s office in the morning and have the IUD removed and come home again. That was it. My plan was simple.

Except that’s not what happened. I made an emergency appoint with my OBGYN and as she went to remove it, she informed me that she couldn’t find the strings. And then she said she couldn’t find the IUD. At all. So she told me she needed to do a vaginal ultrasound, however, that showed nothing and she still couldn’t find it. She called in a fellow colleague who also administered a vaginal ultrasound, and she too could not find the Mirena device.

I don’t think I can describe the feeling of someone telling you “It’s not there” when you’re in agony from it. I knew at this point that something was very, very wrong. My OBGYN requested that I go for an immediate ultrasound, another vaginal ultrasound, and an x-ray.

As her office is located in a hospital, I went down three floors and had an ultrasound which revealed nothing. I had yet another vaginal ultrasound which also revealed nothing. I then went for the x-ray. And this is what they found

That’s my pelvis area, and yes, that’s the Mirena IUD completely out of place. I burst into tears when I saw it. I knew this meant that I had to have surgery to find and remove this piece of plastic. All that was running through my mind was my 7 week old baby who went with me everywhere, and that had never had a bottle or pacifier. How do I leave him? Would he take a bottle? How would I explain to my 2 year old that Mommy is still in more pain? She had seen enough of me lying on the couch post-partum, then after having the IUD fitted, and now I would have surgery. She was seeing me on a regular basis and saying “Mommy’s hurt.”

Despite the pain I was in, my doctor’s office couldn’t give me a date for surgery until my insurance had approved the surgery request. I went home and cried. My mom told me she would not fly home, but stay with me and the children until I had had the surgery and recovered. I got my small manual hand-pump and started pumping milk for my son. I had no idea how much my baby would need so I just tried to pump what I could, but with all the stress, I wasn’t getting much.

On Tuesday morning the nurse called me and told me surgery was scheduled for the next day, Wednesday October 31st at 10.15am. I spent the day having blood drawn, pumping milk and reading about the many stories of women who had had laparoscopy surgery due to a “lost” Mirena. Google it. It happens a lot more than you might think.

Today is Wednesday October 31st, 2012. This morning, while experiencing my sharp pains yet again, I went with my husband to have more x-rays done (to see if it had moved and where it was) and then my laparoscopy surgery. My OBGYN made three incisions in my lower abdomen- one through the belly button, one on the left, and one on the right. She found my Mirena IUD by my left hip. The plastic device that should have been in my womb, was up by my left hip. I woke up to the relief on my husband’s face that it was taken out quickly, I was doing well, and we could soon go home to our babies.

I am writing this while the kids nap and my medication hasn’t worn off so I can’t feel any pain right now. I know it will be painful fairly soon and I will need to rest and recover, but right now, I want to tell women of my story. I want to tell you that many, many women have the Mirena IUD fitted and are fine. It works for them for years and they love it. But many women also go through what I have experienced.

This is my story. And this is not a one in a million chance. It’s common. It happens. There are currently several class action lawsuits Mirena against for this very reason. Just google “Mirena migration” and see what comes up. It can be an immediate migration, or it can months or even years. Some women feel pain, and some women do not. Be aware of the risks before making your decision.

Edit to original post: Please read the comments below to see how common this is.

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Sarh♡Alet
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When I read your blog I want to cry. We had our 2nd baby the 7th of January 16 and on my 6 week check up after my c-section the docter inserted a mirena for me. My husband and I talked about what we wanted to do for contraception for months before the birth of our second baby and felt it would be wonderful! Inserting the mirena was horrible. After 2 c-sections i don’t think I’ve had so much pain in my life. I came back after the appointment, I drank pain pills and cried myself to sleep with this… Read more »
Sarah
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I just had my surgery a couple of days ago. I had mine put in on Nov. 18 and almost passed out from the insertion. Then I kept feeling sharp pains in my left abdomen until I went in for my check up to find out it was no longer there. X-ray confirmed it was still inside. I hadn’t had a baby recently, just two years ago and by C-section. The pain was not as bad as a c section but nothing you should have to go through. I hate that now I owe thousands to the hospital for what… Read more »
Ticy
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I am currently going through the same ordeal. Has my mirena for almost 4 years before the unbearable pain started. Last week I discovered my iud was lost so today I’m going to the doctor for an xray and to get surgery scheduled.

mari
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Well I had my tubes removed and at the time of my surgery my doctor assured me he would be taking out my mirena. 2 weeks after my surgery i went in for a check up and once again I asked my doctor if he had removed my mirena and he said yes. I’ve been having pains in my lower abdomen since my surgery so finally today I went to my doctor and they did a sonogram..the tech said “your mirena was never removed look it’s right there.” She said that might be the reason you’re having so much pain.… Read more »
Rebecca
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I am currently at the radiology dept. At my local hospital. I’m waiting for an xray to be done to locate my mirena. Earlier this afternoon I had two ultra sounds done to find my i.u.d. no luck could see strings or anything. … my obgyn called me within the hour I had the ultrasounds and told me to drop everything and get to the hospital

Lin
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I got pregant again with an copper IUD inserted,then we had
to aborted the baby,and then the doctor found no IUD in my uterus!Then I got a X-ray,and they found it!So I have to have a surgery to remove it on 29 December. I am so worried about it, and I don’t know if the hospital has responsibility to it.

Nikki
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Thank you for sharing your story. I am currently in panic-mode. The same thing is happening to me as we speak. The extra fun part to my story is that I went in for an MRI and the radiologist reported back to my Gynecologist that the IUD was not on the scan and therefor not in my body. I did not accept this – so I loaded my MRI images on my own computer and found the IUD on its side by my left hip. I am having surgery tomorrow to remove it. I not only had an incompetent doctor,… Read more »
Kristy
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I’m having surgery tomorrow to remove my iud. Unfortunately, my doctor has no idea where it has migrated which is a little nerve wracking . I can’t wait for the pain to go away. I hope the recovery is speedy..

Dawn M
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I’m was so upset to learn this know, after I’ve put in the mirena. I got my mirena inserted 19 June 2015 was dizzy and having extreme abdominal pain just took pain killers and went on when the pain got worst I went back to my doctor they did a scan could not see the mirena, vaginal sonar nothing and on the ex-ray there it was in my pelvis. The removal is tomorrow 16 July 2015 i don’t know but I’m so scared as if something worst will happen

Dawn M
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I’m was so upset to learn this know after I put the mirena. I got my mirena inserted 19 June 2015 and the removal is tomorrow 16 July 2015 it migrated to my pelvis. I’m so scared

stephanie
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I had my IUD put in 5 years ago after my son was born. I went back 6 wks later to have the IUD checked and they could not find it. Abdominal and vaginal ultrasounds were performed and there was no IUD. I was told by my OB at the time that it fell out. Does it every really fall out? For the last 3 yrs we have been trying to get pregnant. We decided to go see a Fertility Dr. because of all the things we tried and were unsuccessful. My fert. Dr said that there is no reason… Read more »
Anais M
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Got a Mirena April 2011. insertion was easy and it was great for the first couple of years but I have had chronic BV and yeast infections. Some doctors actually say it could be from the IUD but most are very quick to dismiss it. I have never hadnever had BV or yeast infection prior to April 2011. Coincidence I guess… I’m getting this thing removed because the infections are sign that there’s a foreign object in my body and it is rejecting it. Not to mention the fact that my crotch has never smelt so sour. It’s gross-I constantly… Read more »
Danielle
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I’m in exact same position I have my surgery 03-03-15

Megan
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I am having this surgery on 1/8. I am so scared and just want to get it o ER with…not wait two weeks knowing that this thing is floating around in my body! Can you share the “aftermath” in your experience? How was the recovery? Are there any complications as a result? When I google this all I find are information about lawsuits and I just need reassurance from a real person and not a lawyer…
Mine is also floating around somewhere in my abdomen on the left side

Ladan
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Hi Megan, I’m so sorry, I just saw your comment. How are you feeling? It took a few weeks for me to stop feeling the pain from the laparoscopy cuts, but I was fine soon after. Sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Stacy
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The mirena statistics are not accurate, your story fits my life perfectly. I too hurried to find a form of birth control before my insurance coverage ended after the birth of our second child. My doctor felt i was a perfect candidate, although upon further research i found that being post partum and exclusivly breast feeding put me at higher risk for preforation. The pain was excruciating, i was told after insertion there was no need for a placement check up. My third week post insertion i couldn’t bare it anymore. Went in and no surprise strings couldn’t be found,… Read more »
Rachael
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I have too get surgery nov 6th so scared 🙁 but getting it out early too have a baby with my fiancé and hope after my surgery still vpcan have kids

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