he Potential Side Effects of Mirena IUDs
IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are inserted into the uterus where they release hormones slowly over the course of 3-10 years. Mirena IUD hormones create a mucus membrane that blocks sperm access to the cervix, preventing pregnancy with 99.3 percent effectiveness. However, the IUD does not always stay in place.
IUD migration can lead to perforation of the uterine wall, moving into the abdominal cavity or pelvis. This causes intense pain and may require emergency surgery to remove. Migration can also mean the IUD will become absorbed into the uterine membrane, which may require multiple surgeries to correct.
Other possible effects of Mirena IUDs include:
- Septic pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Miscarriages or premature delivery
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