Ironically, another statement made the news in May. The Washington Post reported that in a survey of college students, IUDs were used by only 9 percent of women and one reason is “lingering myths about their safety in young women.” Krishna Upadhya, a Johns Hopkins pediatrician specializing in adolescent health, said "It's a myth that you can't have an IUD if you haven't had a child.”
What isn’t a myth: you can still get pregnant with a Mirena IUD, usually because the directions weren’t properly followed. Mirena is a hormonal IUD and only prevents pregnancy right away if implanted during the first seven days of a woman’s period. So, doctors advise using a backup method of birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
And a number of women have had the Mirena implanted not knowing they were pregnant. It’s not uncommon to discover you are pregnant in, say, your eighth week. Particularly if your periods aren’t regular.
Back to the new mom. Lucy Hellein’s Facebook post of baby Dexter went viral (the post has since been removed) and in her post, she is joking about her IUD “failure”. Hellein had the Mirena in August and in December assumed she “was only a few weeks along.” But an ultrasound showed that she was 18 weeks pregnant. She had a C-section and the Mirena was found hidden behind the placenta. Dexter is well, which is quite amazing, and weighed in at just over 9 lbs. Amazing because so many women have suffered a miscarriage with the IUD.
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Experts say you shouldn’t panic and assume you’re going to have an unintended pregnancy if you have an IUD, because it’s such a rare occurrence. Not so rare are Mirena adverse side effects—now being played out in New York with a federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation for claims alleging intracranial hypertension (also known as Pseudotumor Cerebri) caused by Bayer’s Mirena IUD. More about that coming up…