When I first heard about Mirena (intrauterine contraceptive), I was excited. Mirena is a small plastic device the size of the palm of a hand that stays inside a woman's uterus for up to five years to prevent pregnancy. I had researched the product thoroughly and thought it would be the best type of birth control for us. After having my son, I had Mirena inserted during my six week postpartum doctor appointment. I remained happily on Mirena for 18 months without any negative side effects. One day I suddenly felt an enormous amount of pain and pressure in my left abdomen. After going to the doctor, I was referred to an ultrasound facility because the Mirena strings were not visible. At the ultrasound facility I was told there was no Mirena to be found and was continually asked if I had removed it. Of course, I answered no and was very concerned. Next, my doctor sent me to the emergency room where I underwent a cat scan. The test revealed that the Mirena IUC had migrated out of my uterus and was lodged in between my left ovary and fallopian tube. I was completely shocked and terrified by what had happened. I had previously researched this product and had never read any information about the device migrating. I felt let down by my doctor, and most of all the company, Mirena. Not only did my husband and I not have functioning birth control, but the possibility of future children was now at risk. When the doctors finally found the device in my body, I was informed that the only way to remove Mirena would be through surgery. Being a mother, student, wife, and photographer this was horrible news. I had simply wanted to be responsible and prevent pregnancy, not end up needing surgery because of my choice in birth control! Completely outraged and scared, I underwent the surgery. I missed two weeks of classes during my senior year of college, several weekends working at the portrait studio, time with my son and husband, and suddenly found myself in enormous amounts of financial medical debt.
I'm curious to hear if other people have had negative side effects with Mirena? Also, what information doctors are telling patients about this product? Please feel free to leave any comments for discussion.