The Mirena IUD is one of the most popular contraceptives on the market and for good reason. It’s over 99% effective, lasts up to seven years, and is recommended by most gynecologists. 

But while Mirena seems to be tried and true, it’s not without its problems. On rare occasions, the IUD has been known to move or fall out. 

If you currently have a Mirena IUD or have used one in the past, it’s important to be aware of the issues associated with the device. With that in mind, here are some of the things you’ll want to know.

What Can Cause a Mirena IUD to Move?

It’s an uncomfortable thought, but it’s possible for your IUD to shift slightly in the uterus. This is especially true in the first few months after insertion. It’s also more likely to shift while you are on your period. 

Causes that can lead to the problem include:

  • Strong cramping during your period
  • Placement in a tilted uterus 
  • Placement in a small uterine cavity
  • Your IUD was inserted improperly
  • Your IUD was inserted shortly after you gave birth
  • You are currently breastfeeding
  • You are under 20 years old

If you fall into any of these categories, it’s still unlikely that your IUD will shift. But it’s good to be aware of potential dangers, especially if you are at higher risk. 

How Do I Know Whether My IUD Has Moved?

Now that you know what causes IUD shifting, the next logical question is: Will I know when the Mirena has moved? Fortunately, you should be able to tell if the IUD has moved. 

In fact, it’s wise to check the strings of your IUD every month following your period. If you can’t find the strings or if you feel plastic, then your IUD has probably moved. At this point, you’ll want to call your doctor. 

If your IUD has moved, you may also experience some uncomfortable symptoms. 

These include:

  • Heavier bleeding when you are on your period
  • Bleeding when you are not on your period
  • Excessive cramping
  • Lower abdomen pain

Any of these signs may indicate that the IUD has been displaced. If you believe this to be the case, call your doctor. Never attempt to move or replace your Mirena IUD on your own.

Can I Get Pregnant If My IUD Moves?

Can you get pregnant if the IUD moves? Unfortunately, yes you can. In fact, if you believe your IUD has become displaced, doctors recommend that you use another form of contraceptive until you can schedule an appointment to fix the placement of your IUD.

In addition to pregnancy risks, you could also be at risk of serious infections or bowel perforations with a displaced contraceptive device.  

What Should I Do If My IUD Has Moved?

Because a shifted IUD can lead to more serious health consequences, it’s smart to get in to see your doctor as soon as possible. Even if your symptoms are mild, don’t ignore the problem, as doing so could lead to complications.

When Should I Call a Lawyer?

If your Mirena IUD has led to injuries, you are not alone. You don’t have to face the prospect of a medical malpractice or product liability case alone. In fact, it may be wise to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer right away. 

Serious cases of IUD displacement can cause chronic pain, unexpected pregnancy, deadly infections, and more. As a result, you may face medical bills, pain and suffering, and time away from work. A defective medical device lawyer will help you determine whether a lawsuit or settlement is appropriate to the facts of your case.