i received the 5yr mirena with the hormone after my second pregnancy in 2006. it should have been removed in 2011 but i have not had medical insurance in last 2 years to be able to afford another IUD. now i am concerned of the affects and looking for information that can help me take care of this before its a serious emergency.
Try looking into whether or not there are any free city or county clinics in your area. Many of these offer free or very low cost based on income care. You do need to get it out. It is not functioning fully therefore it is just sitting there doing more bad than good. It is increasing your chances of pelvic inflammatory disease and increasing chances for ectopic pregnancy which is a pregnancy within the fallopian tube. This is not a viable pregnancy and you will lose the child and the tube! Plus as KM says, it can migrate and embed into the uterine muscle and sometimes even farther. If you cannot find a clinic in your area, at least talk to a gynecologist. Many offices will work with you on affordable payments and discounts for cash payment. There are ways to get the care you need and make it work but you may have to do a little more legwork on your own to find it.
Dont hesitate to call offices and ask, explain your situation and ask what they can offer you in discounts since you will be a non-insured cash only patient. Call several to get not only the best prices but find a doc you like! You will need to discuss new birth control options-whether you want to replace the Mirena with a new one or use a different method.
I have had mine in for 7 years now. I have signed paper work to have mine removed but when I went to have it done the doctor was out of the office leaving me to reschedule. Well life gets in the way of things and still have yet to do it. I still have a menstrual cycle like I had after it was put in. Nothing has changed but I have read where it could in bed it's self in the muscles nor tissues. I have also seen where it says it's good for up to 7 years.
- Mirena Information for Consumers
- Mirena Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Mirena (detailed)
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