When the Mirena IUD is working as designed, it rests in the uterus with strings that hang into the vagina for removal. If this is the case, Mirena can be easily taken out by a woman’s doctor at any time. Unfortunately, Mirena can sometimes become embedded in tissue, making removal much more difficult.
Mirena IUD embedment happens when the tissues of the uterine lining grow over the IUD, fusing it to the walls of the uterus. If the Mirena IUD migrates outside of the uterus, it can also embed in other tissues, like those of the small intestine, colon, or bladder.
Sometimes, an embedded Mirena does not cause any symptoms at all. Other times, it may cause increased pain or bleeding. In either case, there are serious medical concerns associated with Mirena embedment.
A Mirena that is embedded in tissue is a less effective contraceptive than a properly placed device, and can result in pregnancy. As Mirena’s prescribing information reports, women who conceive while using this IUD are at an increased risk of ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy, which can lead to infertility or death. Even a pregnancy that occurs in the uterus has increased risks while using Mirena, including infection, miscarriage, premature delivery, or death.
In addition to the potential for risky pregnancies, Mirena embedment may require surgical removal once it is located. Sometimes, after determining that Mirena is embedded in the uterus, a physician may be able to dilate the cervix and remove it manually. In other cases, especially if the Mirena is embedded outside the cervix, surgery under general anesthesia will be necessary.
Women whose Mirena birth control devices became embedded may be eligible to be compensated by the manufacturer. A Mirena attorney can help you understand your legal rights.
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