I am going to take you back in time to tell you a story. An important story for women considering getting Mirena or any other form of IUD on the market. Please do your research and make sure that it is something for you and your body.
Now let me take you back in time to 2008. I was 21 years old. It had been months since I had birthed a beautiful baby girl, whom I gave up in an open adoption. I knew I was not really ready for children which meant I wanted a long term birth control option. I read up on lots of different options, but did not look up statistics for any.
I could blame it on s lot of things. I was young and stupid. I was also doing it all without help. My boyfriend at the time did not want to help me out with the decision so, I took the leap and decided that I was going to get Mirena. I thought an IUD made sense; I didn’t want children for years and my ob/gyn did not have any concerns about giving it to me.
She was actually the one who brought it up. I saved up the money for the birth control because it was not covered by my health insurance at the time. (That right there should have been a red flag telling me to stop.) I had the appointment where she performed the procedure implanting the Mirena IUD.
I went home sore but happy. It wasn’t until two months later that I realized the IUD was not where it was supposed to be. I quickly made a doctor appointment and had to have an ultrasound performed. I was correct it was no longer in my uterus.
The IUD had cut through the uterine wall and was now floating outside of it really close to my left ovary. It took awhile for me to be able to have surgery to remove the IUD. I did not trust doctor who performed my C-Section and inserted the IUD so I went and found myself a new doctor that I felt like I could trust. She had me get a CT scan to see exactly where the IUD was to see if there was a high risk of puncturing my ovary.
Thankfully, the risk was not super high as my body had created scar tissue all around the IUD so that it could not move around. I was very thankful for this because it meant I would be able to have a laproscopic procedure which would be outpatient so I would not have to stay in the hospital.
Following my CT scan I had a final appointment with the doctor before my surgery in which she explained to me exactly why my IUD had punctured my uterus. It turns out that I have what she called a flat uterus. The shape of it does not do well with IUD implants and they have found that most patients with a uterus like this have complications and most doctors will not implant an IUD into someone like me because of the risks. My previous doctor should have known this from a simple ultrasound which was performed. I am still unsure why my first doctor did not say anything, but I warn you to be careful when you are getting an IUD.
I went home from that visit upset because I did not want to have surgery, but I knew that it was necessary. The surgery itself was easy enough. The doctors knew to watch me when they put me under anesthesia as I do not wake easily from it, but I woke within a few hours and they gave me medicine and said that I was free to go. My boyfriend and I were also shown pictures of the whole procedure. I think he still wishes he had never seen those images, but I healed up easily since it was a simple laproscopic surgery.
I know that I will never take having something inserted in me lightly ever again. I hope that you do the research before you choose to do something like this. I am also in no way trying to say that something this crazy will happen to you or everyone out there, but I do want it known that there are complications that can occur and this is one of them. I was lucky, but the story could have been a lot worse.