Like many women who have received the Mirena IUD, you are probably wondering what will happen to you if the device migrates from its position in the uterus. A recent article published in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons highlights two cases in which the device “wandered” out of place, leading to excruciating pain in one case, scarring in another, and surgical removal in both.
The first woman, a 44-year-old mother of two teenaged children, received a Mirena for contraceptive use. All of her yearly vaginal examinations by her doctor confirmed that the threads of Mirena were in place below the cervix. Years later, she went in for a cervical smear test, at which point her doctor confirmed with an ultrasound scan that the device was missing from the uterine cavity. A CT scan revealed that the device had become embedded in the patient’s large intestine, although the patient was not experiencing any pain. She underwent surgery to remove the device, but was left with internal scarring on the bowel.
The second patient was a 19-year-old woman who was fitted with a Mirena device shortly after termination of a pregnancy. She was admitted to the hospital ten days after the Mirena IUD was inserted with pelvic pain so severe she was given narcotic injections. An ultrasound and x-ray showed that the Mirena had moved from the uterus to the peritoneal cavity. The patient underwent emergency surgery to remove the device from her abdomen.
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