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Can the Mirena IUD fall out or move up to other parts of the body? #1109/8
Can the Mirena IUD fall out or go higher to other parts of the body?

 

The Mirena IUD can be expelled from the uterus.  If it has been inserted solely to provide contraception, the rate of expulsion is 3 to 5%.  If one of the reasons for insertion of the IUD has been to control menstrual pain or bleeding, then the expulsion rate is somewhat higher, just above 10%.

 

Once in the uterus in the proper location, Mirena does not travel through the wall of the uterus up into the abdominal cavity (perforate the uterus). However, rarely (about one in 1,000 insertions) the Mirena IUD perforates the uterus at the time of insertion.  Then it can move away from the uterus.

 

Key Words:  Mirena IUD, expel, move up, uterus, inserted, contraception, menstrual pain, bleeding, abdominal cavity, perforate

 

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
---2008-11-29

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