If the thought of your IUD shifting out of place has your heart racing, there is no need to panic. IUD movement is not common. It is estimated that only 2-3% of women experience IUD movement. Still, it does happen, so it’s important to understand the signs to watch for.
Keep reading to learn more about the Mirena IUD and its risks; this post will cover everything you need to know.
Risks of an IUD Expulsion
IUD movement is also referred to as an expulsion. An expulsion can be partial or complete. This means that the IUD can simply move or become completely expelled from the uterus. Either scenario can lead to cramping, bleeding, and an increased risk of pregnancy.
It is important to understand the risks and benefits of any contraceptive. Most women who choose the Mirena IUD do so because it is more than 99% effective as a contraceptive and lasts up to five years.
To ensure the effectiveness of your IUD, doctors recommend that you check the strings frequently. If you can feel the strings, the IUD has likely not moved. If you cannot feel the strings or if they feel longer or shorter than usual, it’s time to see your doctor.
What to Watch for with Your Mirena IUD
A shifting IUD is concerning, but it does not always indicate a larger problem. In addition to checking the strings regularly, you should watch out for the following symptoms:
- Bleeding when you are not on your period
- Strange vaginal discharge
- A sore or painful abdomen
- Excessive cramping
- Heavier bleeding than normal
Keep in mind that your IUD is more likely to move if you are under 20 years old or if you are breastfeeding. You are also at higher risk if your doctor is inexperienced in placing the device, if you have a small uterus, or if you have strong period cramps.
What to Do If Your Mirena IUD Moves
If your IUD has moved, you may be tempted to put it back in place yourself. This is not a good idea because it can jeopardize the effectiveness of your contraceptive.
Instead, it’s best to abstain from sex until you can get in to see your doctor or simply use another form of contraceptive until the problem is resolved.
Should I Seek Help?
Problems with the Mirena IUD happen frequently enough that lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer.
In addition to movement, here are some other common problems with IUDs that may require action:
Infections can happen as a result of a poor insertion process. If you experience pain or a fever within a few days after the procedure, call your doctor right away. An infection can become serious without treatment.
Perforation is extremely rare. In fact, it only occurs in 1 to 2 of 1,000 insertions. While uncommon, the condition can be painful and even dangerous.
If the perforation causes the IUD to pass entirely through the uterine wall, it can make its way to the bladder, GI tract, or abdominal cavity. It may even require surgery to remove the contraceptive.
Ectopic or Intrauterine Pregnancies
In rare situations, an ectopic or intrauterine pregnancy can occur. These conditions may require surgery and can even lead to infertility.
If you suspect the placement of your IUD was performed poorly, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. It’s a good idea to call an experienced personal injury attorney. That way, you can understand your legal options as you move forward with treatment.