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Did Mirena Complications Lead to Hysterectomy?

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Chilliwack, BC“I consider myself lucky that I had kids before getting the Mirena IUD for birth control,” says Laura. “Not long after I had the Mirena, abnormal cells showed up on my cervix - I am sure that was one of many Mirena side effects.”

Laura had the Mirena implanted five years ago, and (surprisingly) endured discomfort and heavy bleeding for four years. “It actually cut my partner during sex so I went back to my doctor to find out if it was too long or in the right place,” she says. “Instead he referred me to a specialist. I had a biopsy, which showed the abnormal - but not cancerous - cells, and had the IUD removed. I have undergone two c-sections (I have two kids prior to getting the IUD) and they weren’t as painful as getting that IUD removed. When my doctor pulled it out, I thought he was pulling out my cervix. He said I would have a little cramping. I was in agony for more than a month afterward.”

Six months after its removal, Laura had another biopsy. This time she was told that she needed surgery to either have her cervix cauterized or removed because of the abnormal cells.

“About a week before surgery I had an appointment at my gynecologist’s office,” Laura explains. “She asked me some questions about the Mirena IUD. She wanted to know why it had to be removed and when I had it implanted. I told her that it caused constant pain and bleeding. We talked about my difficult periods with heavy bleeding and how the pain worsened after the IUD was removed.”

To Laura’s surprise, the gynecologist suggested that she have a complete hysterectomy - Laura was only 28 years old when she had her uterus and cervix removed.

“Honestly, even before I heard about Mirena lawsuits I told my friends not to have a Mirena because of my problems with it,” she says. “ And my partner had issues.

“It infuriates me that I paid $350 for the Mirena and all the pain that came with it. And it possibly contributed to the hysterectomy. I was healthy before I had this device - I don’t know what happened to my body from the time it was implanted until now. What else could have caused these abnormal cells? If it was cancer, I would have a better understanding because cancer runs in my family; I was super vigilant about getting pap tests every six months.

“In the back of my mind I always thought Mirena was a factor. I asked a lot of questions about why this was happening but all I was told was that I needed to have my cervix removed. The gynecologist said that cauterization would only be a temporary fix and it could get worse, so she advised one surgery, and problem solved.

“I wasn’t heartbroken that I couldn’t have any more kids, but having that taken away is not comforting. It should be my choice, and not anything to do with a medical device maker.”

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I to had to have a hysterectomy because of the mirena. It caused scarring and thickening of the uterus walls where it had been implanted and my doctor me that it gave a huge chance to cause cancer. I had alot of pains during the time it was implanted and even after it was taken out the pain never went away. I already had two children of my own, and I am so grateful that I did. I had recently remarried and we had talked about having one more child, now that is gone. I wish they would have had a warning about this before I had that awful thing implanted.

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After my second child, I made the mistake of having a Mirena IUD. Not long afterwards, I began having migraines. I started going to a neurologist and was diagnosed with meningiomas. Over the next two years, I went often to the neurologist. At one point, I passed out while teaching class. I had the Mirena IUD removed and then got better however I had to have a hysterectomy. That was heartbreaking since we were considering a third child. I wish I would have never gotten the Mirena IUD. Those Bayer folks should pay for putting me through all this.

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After my second child, I made the mistake of having a Mirena IUD. Not long afterwards, I began having migraines. I started going to a neurologist and was diagnosed with meningiomas. Over the next two years, I went often to the neurologist. At one point, I passed out while teaching class. I had the Mirena IUD removed and then got better however I had to have a hysterectomy. That was heartbreaking since we were considering a third child. I wish I would have never gotten the Mirena IUD. Those Bayer folks should pay for putting me through all this.

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I had my mirena implanted in 2009, the first 2 years was great , but then cam ethe heavy bleeding, cramping, diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which now i see alot of mirena users have thyroid issues, in 2013 we moved to california, and i started seeing a GYN due to heavy bleeding for weeks at a time, cramping so bad, when i would sit , i could feel the mirena poking me, it took 8 months of me complaining before they even attempted to take it out, they could not remove it by hand, I was told i needed a full hysterectomy because my uterus had swollen to the size of a 9 month pregnant woman, 2 weeks prior to surgery he tried again to remove the IUD and was able to get it out, but i bleed non stop till morning of surgery, now i am being told by lawyers , had they took it out in surgery , i would have a law suit , but since he pulled it out prior to, i have no case! I lost my ability to have more children because of this, so surgically removed or not, I had a major loss....

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I had a Mirena implanted 10-3-2013 I was having a lot of pelvic and stomach pain and irregular bleeding. In May 2015 after several visits prior to this gyn app.on may 18, 2015 it was found that the iud had migrated all the way down. My doc had struggle to pull it out it was embedded in my cervix. I just had a ultrasound done a couple days ago and while getting it done the doctor came in to tell me that I have adenomyosis of the uterus which happened from the iud. I just had a ultrasound done in oct. And adenomyosis wasn't present. I have been told I need a hysterectomy which will be considered infertility.

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