What Are Signs Mirena IUD Moved Out of Place or Migrated?


An alarming number of women have reported experiencing problems with Mirena birth control, which are often first noticed when they discover that the intra-uterine device (IUD) has moved out of place and that they can not locate the Mirena IUD strings.

This may be a sign of serious complications where a displaced Mirena IUD has migrated and punctured the uterus. In some cases the Mirena IUD has traveled into the abdominal cavity, where it may perforate other organs and cause infections. Immediate medical appointment should be scheduled to locate the Mirena IUD.

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential cases for women who have had their Mirena IUD go missing, as it appears that Bayer Healthcare failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk of displacement and migration of the birth control implant, instead providing misleading information that exaggerated the benefits provided and minimized any potential side effects of Mirena IUD birth control.

Signs Mirena IUD Moved Out of Place

Mirena IUD Movement Lawyers

Have You or a Loved One Suffered Injury when a Mirena IUD Moved Out of Place?


Although a displaced Mirena IUD may cause severe internal injury, many women may be unaware that the device has moved out of position until damage has already been done. That is why medical professionals recommend follow up examinations shortly after implant to confirm the correct position of the Mirena IUD and women should be encouraged to check the guide strings.

When the Mirena IUD is implanted, guide strings are left protruding through the cervix and leading back to the Mirena, allowing health care professionals to easily find it and remove the IUD when it is time to come out.

The presence of the strings is one sign that the Mirena is in the correct position. If the strings cannot be found, it is possible that the Mirena has moved out of position and may have punctured the uterus or other organs.

Other signs that the Mirena has become displaced may include:

  • Severe Abdominal Pain
  • Unusual Bleeding
  • Unexplained Infection

Women who suspect the Mirena has migrated or who are having complications that may be linked to the Mirena should see a health care professional and ask for some form of imaging scan to confirm the Mirena’s position.

In a number of cases, doctors have looked for the Mirena but could not find it, even with imaging scans. This is usually because they look where the Mirena should be, and it has moved so far that they cannot easily locate it.

If the Mirena IUD pierced the uterine wall, it could have traveled to anywhere in the woman’s abdominal cavity. This may result in severe damage and in many cases this results in the need for surgical removal of Mirena IUD.


Financial compensation may be available through a a Mirena injury lawsuit for women experiencing complications caused by the movement or displacement of the IUD.

As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn about the risk of the Mirena IUD moving out of place, women and the medical community were not fully aware of this potential side effect and the importance of monitoring the placement of Mirena.

If women were provided better information about the warning signs of Mirena movement, many severe and debilitating injuries could have been avoided by detecting the problems earlier.

The Mirena migration lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for women throughout the United States and free consultations and claim evaluations are available for individuals who have required medical treatment to locate a moved Mirena IUD or surgery to remove the birth control device.


Austin Kirk
Last Updated February 7th, 2013


  1. Patricia February 20, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I suspected something was wrong with my Mirena IUD. I had pain, pressure and brown blood discharge. I also have suffered from chest pain, severe nausea and wheezing (even after treating it with inhaled steroids, oral steroids and a rescue inhaler. I saw my gyn who was surprised to realize it’s vanished into my body. The soonest they could get me in for an ultrasound to locate the IUD was 6 days out. I’m hoping they find it and it hasn’t done much damage!

    This was my second Mirena and the second doctor did not suggest I come back after a few months to be checked, like the first one. So now I’m wondering how long ago it’s been moving in my body. The doctor actually asked me if I wanted to have a 3rd one put in after they find the migrated one! A little shocking!

  2. Sade May 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I thought the same thing with my IUD.I was in pain, lots pressure and red to brown bloody discharge. I also have suffered from chest pain, severe nausea and wheezing even after treating it with inhaled steroids, oral steroids and a rescue inhaler so i went to the hospital and then they told me everything i was so sad… I went though surgery and i would not want anybody to go though that..I never thought that when i got the Mirena IUD that i would go though this…I know that i wouldn’t have did it!

  3. Quetta July 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I had my mirena for 3 years and I thought it was the best BC method. I was wrong!!! Sharp abdomen pain woke me out of my sleep and then came a cycle. The cycle last for 22 days, after this annoying cycle I went to see me OBGYN doctor and performed an vaginal ultra sound. My Mirena was completely out of place and I had to get it removed. Now I am having dizziness. Have anyone had consistent dizziness?

  4. sharan August 11, 2013 at 7:34 am - Reply

    The IUD made me very ill. I had it in for 2 years to correct my periods-not for BC!
    I was woken up in the middle of the night with “severe” abdominal pain time after time! I was afraid to go to the ER! I didn’t know what was wrong with me! Plus I was getting ovarian cysts all the time! Went to Dr for sonogram. IUD was in place according to him! Well I fainted on 2 occasions which was very scarey! So I changed doctors and had the IUD removed! Never had pain or ovarian ducts again. It has been 18 months now and my life has changed!!! Mirena is evil.

  5. Mary August 17, 2013 at 10:39 am - Reply

    hi, I had a cooper coil inserted wrongly which led my 2fall pregnant with my son, after he was born I had the mirena fitted, it’s been nearly 3yrs now but for the past yr I’ve had bad stomach cramps but no period, although I have light spotting every so often & pain/bleeding after sex. I went to doctors who refered me 2gyn at hospital. I was told ill have an ultrasound but instead he jus felt my stomach &decided I needed surgery, I asked y? but he jus said, “I want 2have a look”. I had the surgery on valentines day (not very romantic) &was told they couldn’t c anythin so prob jus my coil givin me trouble although they Neva checked. a few months later, stil dealin wiv same pain I went back 2doctors who told me 2have a smear, so I did, &it came back normal. so went back 2docs &was told there’s not much I can do. I stil have the irregular bleeding &severe abdominal pain but through all this, my coil stil has Neva been checked. I’m now havin server pain &for the 1st time in over a year I’m bleeding for almost a week now. not normal. I’m confused &not getting much help. xx

  6. Jessica October 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I started suspecting something was off with my mirena a few months ago, My anexiety got 100% worse started having chest pains, pretty constand nausia and migranes for days. Kept asking my Dr if this could be a side affect of my BC…she didnt think it was. Yesterday I had my yearly physical and she desicovered that my strings were missing so sent me off for a ultrasound to see if it was still in there. Well it was still in there but it became “misplaced” so now I have to go and have a OB go in there and take it out. This has been the worst experence I have ever had.

  7. Vanessa October 31, 2013 at 2:37 am - Reply

    In response to Jessica:
    I experienced something similar. I had mirena for 5 yrs the first time n had no major issues but the 2 nd time i got it it didnt even last a year i began to notice the strings were coming further down n i has severe migraines n hot n cold flashes sweating n major nausea. I finally seen a neurologist thinking it was something more serious n i also made an appt @ planned parenthood where i had it placed the 2nd time. Once the Doc checked they said i was right it was no longer in place but it luckily wasnt further up. Either way i havnt been on birth control since just condoms n an occasional plan b but now we were planning on having another child but im afraid maybe it might hav messed me up before id get pregnant right away wven after i had mirena 5 yrs i got pregnant immediatly after n now its been harder for us to concieve n it was barely a yr it was places b4 moving .Wondering if it has anything to do with it.

  8. Jaimy December 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    My Mirena has moved and I cannot find any information on if removal is free. If it has moved I don’t think I should have to pay for it, that should be the responsibility of the company. I have had a few times where I felt a sharp pain but it didn’t last and they are random, I have also suffered dizziness and pretty frequent headaches, but I had no idea where this was coming from. After doing some research I think my Mirena moved a long time ago and I just wasn’t aware of it. I really hope removal is free because I am scared and I cannot afford to pay to have it removed.

  9. Virginia December 12, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I’m 16 i got the mirena after a doctor pressured me into believing it was the best way to keep me from having reoccurring ovarian cysts, now its been about 6 months later ive been to the e.r 2 times with complications due to the mirena and my obgyn refuses to remove it or to admit its displaced, i woke up last night with severe sharp pelvic pains and brown discharge, and then i kept throwing up.. the earliest the can get me in its tomorrow. When i got the mirena the doctor did not make me aware of the risks of getting it.. i wouldnt wish this kind of pain on my worse enemy.. I hope by tomorrow its not too late and theres not too much damage done,

  10. Yvonedalyn January 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I am now in the position where my doctor could not see my strings. She had to give me a referral to get a sonogram done to locate the IUD. I hope and pray that they find it, and that no surgery is required.

  11. Marilyn January 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I have been feeling something poking m and some sharps pains the past few weeks.I have had my IUD for 3 yeats now and this is my 3rd one (no problems before). I decided to go see the OB yesterday just to make sure everything was ok, but the Dr. could not find the strings, I will be having a sonogram tomorrow and will see the Dr. after that. Trusting God that everything is ok, but I will request the removal of my IUD regardless of what he says.

  12. Pleshetta June 14, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I recently had my mirena remove because I was having really bad pain, dark brown and black discharge, very bad mood swings, hair growing on my face. With my first Mirena I did not have ant problems. My second Mirena has caused me great pain. I went for my Wellness Women examination the doctor located my Mirena but since I was in pain she ordered any ultrasound to see what was causing the pain. The finding was my IUD had traveled down to the head of my crevice.

  13. Vicki June 17, 2014 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Hi ladies, I have been reading through your posts and hoping someone can offer some help/advice? I had a laparoscopy operation 14 days ago to receive Helica treatment to remove endometriosis and for the insertion of the Mirena coil. This was my 3rd laparoscopy but first fitting of the coil. I haven’t felt so crap in all my life. It took me a good 10 days to feel ‘normal’ from the op but I have been left with severe pain on my right side of my abdomen. I have back pain and red/brown bloody discharge. I was at the doctors yesterday and she felt my tummy and said this won’t be caused by the Mirena and that I’m still swollen and bruised from the op…. But I’m not convinced. When I bend over to put socks/shoes on, it is like I can feel something digging in on my right side. For those of you who have experienced the Mirena moving, what were your symptoms and do you think I have anything to worry about?

  14. Alexandria July 9, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I got the IUD placed in October of 2013 amd since then I have not stopped bleeding. I went and saw my obgyn and she told me this was just my new cycle and I would have tl live with it. Aftwr a year of this I started to pass large egg sized blood clots yesterday. 7 yesterday and 8 today. My normal dr rushed me into the office when I called her yesterday and did a string check as well as a iron count since I am anemic. The strings were gone…I checked them myswlf thw day before and they were there but when she checked thwy were gone. Now off to do an ultra sound and possibly do hormone therapy to correct my body.

  15. me July 14, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I have had the marina for two years now I’ve never had any complications last night me and my husband we having intercourse and after I orgasm and he wasn’t done yet we continue to have sex and he hit something 3 times and the pain I had was excruciating pain in my abdomen and above my public bone. I couldn’t move after we had sex I woke up this morning and I still have pain when I cough when I go to the bathroom what could it be could it be dislodged?

  16. Chrisse August 2, 2014 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I have the mirena. IUD. And. I need to know if it’s moved I still feel the strings

  17. Emma August 3, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    After going to the Drs a month a go they told me my could was out of place and I needed to have it removed. I have an appointment on Tuesday to have it removed but I’ve been too and from the Drs with chest pains, abdo cramps, ahony during and after sex and now im thinking its all because my cool has moved out of place as alot of you guys seem to be experiencing the same problems, some days iys that bad I can’t do anything because of the pain and when you have a two year old you can’t just do nothing…. Its brought me to tears numerous times and I believe the dr should have noticed this sooner and taken it out as soon as it was noticed rather than making me wait for an appointment.. Im dreading the pain it may cause on Tuesday when I have ot out but im also looking forward to having it out to be pain free.

  18. hallie August 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I have my 2nd IUD. Lately I have had severe pain on my right side and pain in my back. I have chest pain, my bp has been up and I have been spotting/bleeding almost daily. Not sure if this is from mu IUD and if I should have it checked.

  19. Aisha September 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    i have an iud I cam feel my strings but I can also feel the bottom part of my Iud plus I’m bleeding alot and have pain in my lower abdominal is this something serious

  20. Meghan September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Looking for info on possible issue with iud. This is my second mirena, first one didn’t have any issues, I am about 7 months into my second one and all of a sudden last night I started to bleed. I have not bled in 8 years, I did not suffer any pain or anything abnormal other than the bleeding. Husband I had sex earlier in the day and he said he felt the iud but there was nothing afterwords to indicate there was anything wrong. Could this just be a disturbed iud not a expelled iud?

  21. Sandy September 25, 2014 at 12:05 am - Reply

    I was having severe pain in my lower right side and it got so bad I had to go to the doctor. They examined me there and then I had to have an ultra sound done. The doctor called me today and told ke my mirena was out of place and I need it to be removed. I go friday morning. I have only had it for 5 months.

  22. Miranda September 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I’ve had the Mirena for almost half a year. I decided to get on the IUD because I suck at taking birth control pills, and I wanted my periods and cramping to stop. I feel bloated all the time and I still have pain and periods at random times when I start. I’m not sure if this is normal, considering that I’ve only had it for this long, but I hope I stop bleeding and cramping, completely soon.

  23. jackie September 26, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

    non stop problem and now its moved

  24. Diane October 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Hi, I had a Mirena fitted in Dec 2013, and after months of flooding and my enometriosis pain coming back, I asked to be referred to another gynae.

    I had major debulking surgery (laparoscopically) by the new gynae in March 2014, and a new coil fitted. However, the pain never went a way, and so I had some scans. It was found that the Mirena had perforated my uterus on insertion. I then had another laparoscopy in September 2014 in order to remove the migrated coil. Unfortunately when I woke from surgery I was told that they could not remove the coil as the Mirena was attached to my bowel and it was too risky. They left that coil where it was and then for some reason inserted another one.

    I’m now the (not so) proud owner of two coils; one of which is attached to my bowel. I will not be satisfied until the migrated coil is removed.

  25. erica October 17, 2014 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Ive had my iud in for almost 4 years and last year i started getting real bad lower back pai. Cramps and i could not walk i was bleeding realbad and i had alot of pressure on my uterus it felt like if i was giving birth and i didnt even know what was wrong with me but something just didnt feel right .i went to the doctor and they said there is no sign of any iud or anything and they couldn’t find it so idk what to do ….sometimes my tummy is flat and sometimes its looks blooded to where people think im pregnant and idk why it does that

  26. Jacqueline October 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I had my Mirena IUD put in October 31,2013 and I went in for a check up IN December 2013 and the doctor said, “she can feel my strings”. Well I still have my heavy cycles and long days of them, I have passed several clots the size of a golf ball at times and yes, they feel very uncomfortable when they pass. I went to the doctor for an annual check up and they checked to see if they could feel my strings from the IUD and I was told that they couldn’t feel them. That she had to set me up for an Ultrasound where they place this instrument in the vagina. They lady told me today that she couldn’t see the IUD anywhere. So she is really not sure if it came out when I was passing all those clots. So she is going to have to pass this information along

  27. vedad October 23, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I had the mirena 1 year ago.i didn’t have period for 7 months then I had regular periods. I decided I remove the iud coz it is causing me headache s and bad mood swings plus I could not reduce my weight.i went to 4 obgyn they could not see my iud.i had to do hystroscopy and they could not see yhe I did pelvic xrayand it is there.i don’t know whats next maybe I will have to do diagnstic lapascopy to remove it.

  28. Stephanie November 4, 2014 at 1:11 am - Reply

    I had my Mirena IUD put in over a year ago. On 10/23 i seemed to be having food poisoning from a meal i had the night prior, and from then on i had extreme, sharp cramping in my lower stomach. On 10/25 I started my cycle a week and a half early with very heavy bleeding. I would get my cycle on a regular time for 4/5 days max. After the first two days of extreme pain in my stomach and abs, the pain moved to my sides and ribs. After day 9 of my cycle i had to go in to my obgyn to see what was happening. When they did the ultrasound the results came back that my IUD was put in wrong. Not only that but it was broken and the pieces were in there. She could not take it out herself, so she said I have to be sedated to have surgery to get this removed. It. Its just so scary. I am afraid of this may harm me having other children in the future.

  29. Tanika November 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    This is my second time having the Mirena. The first time was 11yrs ago and it was great. After 5yrs it expired and was removed; meanwhile, after having my second child, my physician replaced it. I’ve had it this time for 2years and I’m experiencing a piercing, stabbing abdominal and lower back pain on my right side. I’m not sure if this pain is contributed to the Mirena, but I’m hoping to see my doctor soon. At this point I can’t bend offer to put on my shoes.

  30. Anna November 16, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Hi everyone, I have had my iud in for about 2 years now. I have never had any children but my obgyn told me it is okay to try the mirena. I figured okay no remembering to take a pill, change a patch, take the ring out, or weight gain. On top of that I was on the depo shot for a year before I got the iud so no periods still. Since day one of having it my abdomen pain as not let up nor stopped. But recently it has been getting worse. I have had minor spotting since I’ve had it but I recently had a full period. And after being on BC that thins my uterin walls for almost 3 years I shouldn’t have a period. But also when me and my fiancé have sex I cant “reach my goal” which is a problem for him. And I feel severe pains. I’m getting it out on Monday. I just would like to know if anyone else has experienced this. And if so what were their results. I want to have children. Me and my fiancé both. So I’m scared I won’t be able to.

  31. eleanor December 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I am scheduled for a Hysteroscopy tomorrow because my Mirena, which I’ve only had for 2 months now, has moved up into my uterus. 3 sets of doctors over 2 days were unable to locate the strings using every possible method. Ultrasounds and x-rays show that the device is in my Uterus but they currently can’t tell if it perforated my uterus yet. But guessing from the amount of pain on my left side, it is starting to do damage. I had the paraguard for 3 years with absolutely no problems, but decided to switch to control my heavy bleeding. But now, with yeast infections, abdominal pain, and misplacement, I’d take paraguard back in a heartbeat.

  32. Logan January 14, 2015 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I got the merina in november 2014. I went to my month check up and my obgyn said it looked great yet during sex I feel like it is pinching me or rubbing on my wall. I have awful periods when before I didn’t have bad ones. I am always bleeding not heavy bleeding but only see when I wipe or have intercourse with my boyfriend. I have awful mood swings. I become angry and hostile for no reason then have almost a panic attack and just want to cry. I’m normally a happy person but am always sad and no motivation to even go to school or My job. I’m 18 almost 19 and havent had this long but I know something is wrong. I have the worst pains that stop me in my tracks and hurts so bad. The mood swings bother me the worst. It’s causing caous in my realtionship and work life. I don’t know what to do neXt. I honestly want it removed along with my tubes tied yet yu have to be 25 with 2 kids I’m told. It’s my body and I don’t want kids. Neither my boyfrind. Idk what to do, next idk if it’s side effects, my cervical cancer or its out of place year yet can’t get into doctor till later date. Anyone have these symptoms as well????

  33. shawn January 22, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I had my mirena for three years. A little over two months ago I went into my doctor because I was having pretty bad side pain. The doctor said it seemed to be appendicitis. Took a urine test and he said that it was only a kidney infection and gave me meds for it. The next two months, my periods where irregular and I finally went in to see my gynecologist who confirmed that I was pregnant. The mirena is no where in sight and he believes it just fell out. Now I am having problems with bleeding and just feeling I’ll. Nothing like my other pregnancies. I think that mirena may still be in me somewhere.

  34. Brittany February 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I have an my IUD for 2 years now. Ever since I had put in I have suffered from terrible lower back pain. I can barely bend down without getting stuck, I walk like an 80 year old with a walker, I can’t stand for long periods without my legs becoming weak, and I can’t carry or pick up my children. I never had any problems until I had the IUD put it in. I still get my monthly cycles but they last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Sex isn’t even an option, its painful, and I have no desire. I also suffer from severe cramps ALL THE TIME! It literally feels like I am being ripped in half all the time. I saw my DR and they said everything is fine, and my back is just weak. I recently had my husband check my strings and he couldn’t find anything, but I know the doc cut the strings super short. I’m not sure what to do, but I don’t think this is how I am suppose to feel.

  35. Amie March 9, 2015 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Had mirena placed around 2010 and bled a lot off and on for five months and then no period was great. I couldn’t lose the ten pounds from my child born in 2009 so I thought it was the hormones from
    The iud and wanted it removed. The sting had went upward and didn’t find out until doc tried removing. She tried and it hurt so bad! So decided to try second apt and I never felt so much pain in my life. I had to schedule hospital apt to be put out and I had paragaurd placed. I’ve had since June 2014. Heavy periods every month no biggy and finally settled down. I had sex last week with my fiancé and I’ve had a pokey pain towards urethra and needing to pee a lot. Tested for uti none treated with yeast meds thinking it’s that nope it still hurts. I’ve never tried feeling for strings before and not sure what I’m supposed to feel but the greenish discharge tells me this copper bs is bad and this pain is killing me. I want it out and never want an iud agin!

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