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What are Symptoms of Infection from Mirena IUD Birth Control?

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The Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) is a form of birth control that is inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. However, a number of women have suffered severe infections from Mirena side effects, potentially arising months or even years after the device is implanted if the IUD perforates the uterine wall and migrates outside the uterus.

Lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer accepting new cases for Mirena IUD infections. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

While there there is a known infection risk of associated with insertion of the Mirena IUD, it appears that Bayer Healthcare failed to provide women with adequate warning about the potential risk of other infections that may result from Mirena complications long after the device is in place. As a result, financial compensation was pursued through Mirena infection lawsuits by women throughout the United States. New cases are no longer being accepted.

Mirena IUD Infection Symptoms

Insertion of the Mirena IUD has been associated with a known risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which usually will happen within the first 21 days after insertion. However, a number of women have developed Mirena IUD infections months or even years after the device was implanted due to complications associated with the IUD perforating the uterus or migrating to other areas of the body.

If the Mirena IUD moves from the intended position and migrates through the uterine wall, infection is likely to set in if the condition is not promptly diagnosed.

As a result of Bayer failing to provide warnings about the risk of this problem, many women do not discover that the IUD strings are missing or that the device has migrated until they start to develop signs of an infection.

Potential symptoms of a Mirena IUD infection may include:

  • Abnormally Late Menstrual Period
  • Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Missing IUD String
  • Painful Sexual Intercourse

Bacterial vaginosis has been found to develop among users of Mirena IUD, which involves an imbalance of good and harmful bacteria in the vagina. Women with IUDs are one of the groups most commonly found to develop bacterial vaginosis infections, which often results in the need to remove the Mirena IUD. The infection is often treated with antibiotics, but that is no guarantee that the infection will not come back.

Mirena Infection Class Action Lawyers

The Mirena IUD lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer reviewing additional cases for infections caused by the Mirena IUD. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated February 7, 2013
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  • Tanya R says:

    I had the Mirena IUD in 2007 and I had it for about 9 months. Intercourse was extremely painful and my husband always told me he could feel the device. When it was time for my menstrual cycle that too was horribly uncomfortable. Cramps were unbearable and my cycle was very irregular. I finally went to the Dr and when he removed it he said I had developed vaginosis and that it would heal on its own. Almost immediately after the device was removed I felt a whole lot better but those 9 months were hell.

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  • Emma says:

    I had the coil in for about two years, at first it was great as I had no periods, but I found sex painful, I would bleed afterwards, I have also had constant water infections and BV, I have visited my GP on numerous occasions where I am on antibiotics nearly every other week. I have terrible bloated ness and pains down my left arm, the BV is constant and is causing a strain on my marriage as the smell is like gone off fish! The doctors don’t seem to do anything and say it’s normal with a coil?… I have bad cramps and I can’t wait to get this taken out. Plus I’ve put a stone in weight on and mood swings are very odd happy then in tears….I’m def coming back as a man in my next life…….

    Posted on August 2, 2014 at 4:59 am

  • Tiana says:

    I’ve had the mirena iud for 2 years now. At first it was the best thing that ever happened to me.. My periods were fewer but much more painful than prior to having the iud. The first year, I had no complaints except that my iud would hurt the tip of my mans penis.. That of course became problematic after a while. I eventually stopped having a period regularly and instead it would come 3-4 months apart . I loved not having a period but I constantly worried about whether or not my body was cleaning itself out with not having a period so often. Year 2 was totally different. I was getting bv everytime my man and I would have sex. I’d have to wait a week in between each time we had sex due to the 7 day treatment. I would get bv almost 2-3 times a month. I always freaked out because the smell is so horrible. Self conscious about the smell so I couldn’t have sex with my man because I noticed that when I did, the smell would become worse. I went to the doctors so frequently and they kept telling me that it was something that I was doing.. I’m 25 years old, I take very well care if myself especially in that area. All the years prior to bv, I’d never had bv. In fact, I had no idea what it was until it kept reoccurring.. I removed the iud and I haven’t had bv ever since.

    Posted on October 18, 2014 at 11:52 am

  • Heidi says:

    I’ve had my device Iin for about 9months….and recently I’ve been out of work for weeks due to fevers and chills (flu like symptoms) I went to the dr and was told I had the flu….but recently I have had these symptoms again!! I’m about to schedule an appointment with my dr!!! I like the idea of the device but these side effects are ridiculous!!

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

  • Sonia says:

    I LOVE the IUD! This is my 3rd time having it. I get it changed out every 5yrs. I dont get my period only bad thing is the BV. But, my Doc presecribes the prescription for it & it goes away. This is the only birth control method that has worked for us. My husband likes it i like it. I have gotten pregnant using other birth controls. Can’t use the Depo shot, my body did not take it well. This is the best thing for me.

    Posted on November 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

  • Debbie says:

    I had mirena inserted after having my daughter in January
    This year because my bleeding never stopped I have just come out of hospital to which my local gp thought that I had appendicitis as my cramps were that bad I got sent to the hospital straight away I went through a lot of testing and a painful ct scan just to find out that I had caught a infection from the mirena I also had to transfer hospitals because the hospital I went to couldn’t remove it went to the women’s where I had to b on three lots of antibiotics via the drip I have just come out of hospital yesterday and I’m still on antibiotics two diffident ones and something for the nausea I have been sick as a dog while on it it did nothing to stop my bleeding and it’s made me feel even worse since it’s been removed the drs had to put in implanon in and have to go back to hospital again in a couple of weeks to have a procedure I think that mirena sucks and I would never say otherwise

    Posted on November 16, 2014 at 6:08 am

  • tracy says:

    I have IUD inside me for two year and now am getting sharp pain in my pelvic where IUD is located what should I do I’ve been complaining to the doctor about it and they gave me appointment till December 9 to remove it but I’m in bad pain I can not take the pain

    Posted on November 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

  • Elizabeth says:

    I had the IUD inserted this April 2014 and everything was great until recently. I notice that having intercourse was painful and also spotting right after. About 2 weeks now I was having really bad cramps that I couldnt handle. Made an appt to the obgyn and was checked, IUD is still in place but apparently now I have an infection in my uterus. Was soo mad because my doc was asking me if i have multiple partners. Because most people get infection in the uterus due to std’s. Reaslly i was tested before IUD insertion and it was negative obviously. Now on two antibiotics and not doing well. Glad that I started looking up online to see if anyone has had an infection in the uterus due to the IUD.

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

  • Dell says:

    Having flu like symptoms. Pain in back and legs. Sciatica all day. Chills. Sweats. Headache.

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  • Chloe says:

    I had the mirena iud put in at my drs request. The first two months were extremely uncomfortable and painful. I had a bv infection for over a month. I had to take 3 different kinds of antibiotics and yeast infection pills to cure it. It’s been a month now and the bv has returned. I want to get this iud out but when I talk to drs they suggest that i wait. I never had bc prior to having the iud inserted.

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  • maddog says:

    I JUST RECENTLY HAD IUD PLAVED IN ABOUT A WEEK AGO AND ALREADY HAVE BV IM NOT HAPPY

    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 4:36 pm

  • Carmen says:

    I had the mirena iud placed July 22nd 2014 and removed November 3rd 2014. I bled the entire time and had serious cramps, nausea, vomiting, and foul odor no matter what I did. My PCP thought it was an infection in my intestines. I made several visits to the OBGYN whom placed the Mirena and several phone calls because I felt like something was wrong. He did an ultrasound and said it was still placed where it should be. Although I had more cysts than I had to start with. I made an appointment and told them to take it out, I was not happy with how it made me feel. I changed my OBGYN December 8th and the very first visit she said the Mirena had caused an infection inside my uterus. She has had an ultrasound done as well and I am awaiting the results. In the meantime I am on 1000mg antibiotics for 5 days. This was not the best decision for birth control for me however, the reason for having it placed was to help with the cyst problem to prevent the need for surgery.

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

  • tina p says:

    I’ve had the Mirena for 6 wks. I already have an infection. My Dr. Put me on Flagyl for 7 days. I’m hoping the med works because the odor is awful !! I’ve had unbearable pain since I’ve gotten Mirena. Honestly, I wouldn’t refer Mirena to anyone. The only good thing I can say thus far is the decrease of my menstrual flow

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

  • Dorothy says:

    Since the removal of the mirena I have had several complications such has pid, recurring bv and now have found out I have h pylori systoms also of ms.I believe all due to having the iud .All my organs are sore and my health has declined .

    Posted on January 3, 2015 at 3:51 am

  • DeeDee says:

    Wow! I’m so glad I read these comments as we all have something or other on common when it comes to the side effects of the Mirena iud. The first time I had the Mirena inserted I had no problems for 5 years. However During THIS 5 Years I was not sexual active. Then the 2nd insertion I began a relationship about the 2nd year and began to get BV and yeast infections. When I asked to have it removed my doctor insisted that I try “at home” remedies such as inserting boric acid tabs, using Refresh PH, etc. But the infections continued. My 3rd Mirena was inserted just last May 2013. Since I chose to take a break from intimacy with my boyfriend of 4 years, I did not get any infections but bled everyday for almost a month. Again when I decided to get the device removed, my doctor talked me out of it. We’ll since Valentines night 2014, I’ve been battling infections and am totally fed up! It’s coming out asap! I can’t take this anymore. I’m depressed, can’t lose weight, and irritable as hell!

    Posted on January 5, 2015 at 11:59 pm

  • Amy says:

    My GYN recommended Mirena, he swore up and down on it at my 6 week post-partum check up visit. From day one, until 16 months after I had it FINALLY removed, I had to wear a pantyliner, the worst, most embarrassing, foul discharge. It put a damper on my marriage. I had excruciating hip pain, I had sciatic pain that was completely unexplainable. I gained 40 lbs AFTER my daughter was born. Totally weird, odd left field things going on with my body that all began once I got my Mirena inserted…and stopped when I had my Mirena FINALLY taken out. I wish I had researched it and put two and two together and figured out what it was long before I let it take what it took from me though. But, now I can finally be the wife and mom my daughter and husband deserve.

    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

  • Sonja says:

    I’ve had Mirena for about 4 years now. I don’t get pain with sex really, but I seem to bleed during sex often, but I also think it’s related to the size of the man. I was fine with my first boyfriend when I got the Mirenat, but with the last one, I have had BV almost constantly. I’m not positive if it’s related to the Mirena, but I’ve had to do the Metrogel for 5 days so many times…then always end up with a yeast infection and have to treat for that afterwards TOO. That’s almost 2 weeks of NO SEX without a condom. It’s definitely caused issues with our sex life and we can’t enjoy each other like we want to. The odor is horrible. I think we may pass the infection back and forth to each other though, even though his doctors say that men don’t get it. My GYN says yes, they do. Get your man treated!

    I’m having it removed soon and having my tubes tied. It sure will be nice to find out if the constant recurring infections finally are GONE after that.

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  • che says:

    I got the mirena after terminating a pregnancy & it hurt for like a month or two really bad cramps i never felt my strings havent been to the doc yet but the pain has subside but i still feel oain during intercourse i m thinking about getting a tubal ligation

    Posted on February 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  • Jessica says:

    I am now on this. It’s a recent thing, and have had very long periods lasting up to 3 weeks than I stopped, than started back after a few days. I had my first child so I went on it to prevent getting pregnant again, but I have been having pain, and what looks to be a mucus plug (Blood, brown stuff and all) coming out. Mega gross I know sorry for the detail. I am not sure if that’s normal after the first child but many have told me no. I have made an appointment to get it taken out but due to bad snowy weather have had to reschedule and can not get to the hospital because roads have been mega bad.

    Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  • tara says:

    I had the Mirena for 3 years and I was getting bladder infections a lot and really bad stomach cramps so I went to Dr and I got the Mirena removed and the Dr told me that the Mirena caused and infection in the uterus so they put me on antibiotics and it went away. Me and my boyfriend are now trying to have a baby and I can’t get pregnant.. the Mirena or the infection that it caused couldn’t have made me infertile ?

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

  • Erikia says:

    I had the Mirena IUD for 5 years and loved it…but had cramps and migraines all the time but I loved the fact I didn’t have a cycle and I didn’t have to keep up with taking pills every day. So when my 5 year mark hit I opted to get it replaced with another Mirena. On February 24th of this year I had my IUD replaced and problems started immediately. All I did was sleep as soon as I got home and the following day I had cramps bit I thought it was normal for just getting an IUD inserted. On the 26th of February I was still fatigued and cramping but the pain had now spread to my lower back and a low grade fever started. On Friday February 27th I was in agonizing pain while at work when I got home from work that evening I was running a Temp a ture of 103. I contacted the Doctor that inserted the IUD and was told to go to the ER. They removed my IUD that night and said that I had an infection from the IUD Streptococcus A grew on the IUD when they cultured it. As of today March 15 I am still battling the infection. My Dr that did the IUD insertion has not once did a recheck, when I contacted their office once I finished my 2nd antibiotic they didn’t seem worried and basically said I had a follow up for my IUD insertion on the 24th so I could address it then. Luckily I couldn’t stand the pain yesterday and went back to the ER to find out that the meds I was on did not touch the infection and the infection had gotten worse. So 3 weeks later I am still dealing with issues due to the Mirena. I may lose my ability to have children and I missed almost 2 weeks of work due to this. Every one I know that is considering this product beware they tell you it may cause infections but they don’t tell you how extreme and how long it can last. I was NEVER prepared for this…and it’s a continuing battle.

    Posted on March 15, 2015 at 11:18 pm

  • Beth says:

    I had the mirena in for 21 months. severe back pain, awful headaches and h pylori diagnosis i finally took it out.
    I still suffer from the H pylori symptoms, even after antibiotics, still have symptoms. Back pain never went away, also acne since I had the mirena that symptom also has not gone away.
    it ruined my life

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  • Shelley says:

    I had the Mirena IUD inserted over the summer of 2014. I’m on my third bv infection. I have an appointment with my Dr tomorrow. I getting it removed. I still get a period, which has a very strong odor. During the initial 3 months, I had excruciating cramping. I will not recommend this form of birth control to anyone!

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 12:36 am

  • magz says:

    hi there, im so glad i found this thread. i had the mirena for 5 years before and it was okay. i liked the peace of mind this gave me for contraception and got another mirena in march 2014. in july i got my first ever dose of bv so i went to docs and got antibiotics.
    in dec the same year i started with flu like symptoms and then i got the smell in jan 2015 so bv was back. i was majorly busy so left it for a while and it turned into severe pain that had me doubled up and immobilized for about 4 days, i had to take co-codamol and diclofenac till i got to docs, they gave me the metro gel which i used but felt it hadnt gone and irregular period appeared… i got oral antibiotics for another week then another period appeared and pain in my ovaries and lower back and legs has come back…. in last 5 weeks ive had 3 periods…
    this coil is coming out!!!! i cant go through the pain any more. My poor skin is getting spotty and dry too and im constantly battling for energy.
    im just panicked about what i will do for future contraception as most pills dont agree with me.

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

  • melissa says:

    So I had this dumb thing for about a year an and couple months ..it first started with a yeast infection. Back in August 2014 witch I never ever had one before .now I have bv and witch I never had before I found out yesterday that iuds can cause this …this is horrible ..I never knew anything was wrong till I started smelling funny through my clothes and a little bit when having sex …I was freaking out thinking my man gave me some kind of std….I think I’m have mine removed

    Posted on April 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  • lashawn says:

    Before I had the Iud I had a perfect healthy life since getting the Iud I have had Bacterial infections like clock work it’s smells it’s disgusting and this has put a damper on my relationship doctors make you think that it’s because your partner is seeing someone else but after not have intercourse for almost 2 months and still having bacterial infections I am convinced it’s because of the iud this has been the worst and most humiliating thing that has ever happened to me and I regret ever getting it almost 2 years since it’s been removed and I still have complications

    Posted on April 12, 2015 at 5:08 am

  • Josie says:

    I am so glad I read these comments! After going to a wellness dr, switching insurance companies I realized when I got the Mirena all my issues started, I had the copper IUD and after heavy periods my dr at Kaiser suggested Mirena. Since then I have constantly had BV and my dr never suggested this could be the cause! I have had painful sexual inter course and a constant horrible odor that it ruined my sex life… For a while my fiancé thought I was cheating and I thought he was giving it to me, I have been depressed, embarrassed, and constantly on metro gel, antibiotics and then getting yeast infections. My wellness dr always sees bacteria in my urine and blood tests and has been trying to help me fix my ph etc. I finally found my problem and its Mirena. I am writing this comment so women don’t have to suffer like I did this past year.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 1:17 am

  • Holly says:

    Wow! Sooooo happy I found this website! I thought I was going crazy. I have also been experiencing bv frequently and I never thought it could be because of my iud (mirena)! It’s been over 3 years since I’ve had this implanted but lately I keep getting bv and it’s so frustrating! Now I know what to do…..get it removed!!!!!!

    Posted on June 21, 2015 at 12:37 am

  • Nicole says:

    So ive had my mirena for only 1 month. I just had my check up and my ogbyn told me it was in the right place, well i told him i was cramping but only for an hour and it would go away. The NEXT DAY i ended up in the emergency room with severe abdominal pain, it was the worst pain ive ever been in in my life! I couldn’t even move. So i was examined in the e.r and was told my mirena IS INFECTED!! and the obgyn that examined me in the e.r couldnt take it out they told me to call my obgyn and make an appointment to get it removed. Well i called and they dont seem to think this is an emergency so i have to wait 7days until there next available appointment! I cant work, i can barely walk and this pain is excruciating!!! I really want to know how this infection wasnt discoverd at my check up appointment!!! I an beyond pissed off and upset, i will be finding a new obgyn ASAP!!

    Posted on September 6, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  • Amber says:

    I had Mirena inserted June 2014. I bled on and off for about 2 months and it got lighter as time when on then had no bleeding at all. After about 2 months after insertion sex started becoming very painful so I went to the local health department, where a friend of mine is a nurse, and I got her to check on it because I was never able to feel my strings from day one. Well she examines me as far as she’s comfortable with going and wasn’t able to locate my strings. She then referred me to go back to the doctor that put it in and my strings were very difficult for her to find but she did and she told me it was still in place. I haven’t had many problems after that except some weight gain. That is until a few months ago I started getting infections and I’m in nursing school myself so I started doing all kinds of research about this infection because it had symptoms of a yeast infection just worse than I’ve ever had before. This is when I came across the possibility that is could be BV. I went to my local health department today mainly to have it removed and see about the infection and sure enough I have BV and was given Flagyl twice a day for 7 days. Well if that wasn’t bad enough she also was not able to find my strings so I now have to wait until Oct 20th for an appointment to have an ultrasound and I have to travel about 90 miles to that appointment. I am just so ready to have this thing out of me! I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone! There are way too many dangerous side effects.

    Posted on September 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  • Shameka says:

    I’m so happy I’m not the only one going through this at first I thought I was bugging out , I had the IUD for over 4 years my period has been heavier longer and the smell is very strong I bleed very h

    Posted on November 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  • Brandy says:

    I’ve had the IUD for maybe 6 months. Every time I turn around I have an infection. After weeks of insertion I had BV. I can’t seem to get over this. My cramps are extremely painful. My periods are like clock work but heavier. At the first of the year I am thinking about having this removed. I always feel awful. Cramps, lower back pain, and headaches seems to have gotten worse. I seem to call my doctor about every other week for an infection.

    Posted on December 16, 2015 at 7:30 am

  • Kasandra says:

    I’ve had the mirena since Sept 6, 2011 and never related the constant bv to it. My doctor never suggested this could be the cause or that I should have it removed. Sex is almost non-existent as the odor is so foul neither of us can stand it! I’ve been doubled over in pain for 4 days now and am calling my doctor early Monday morning for an appointment. My hips hurt and I can’t sleep or eat because the pain is unbearable.

    Posted on December 19, 2015 at 10:31 am

  • Louise W. says:

    I have had this Mirena inserted not even 6mths ago but guess what? Yep, constant irritation (especially when peeing) and burning. Thought it strange that I had terrible back pain without hurting myself at Xmas time and it’s like my organs (ovaries & pelvic region) feel so sore. Did I mention my usually clear skin has all these pimples (face & back) grrr. I have been to the GP numerous times. Got a swab (no IUD or thrush). I offered suggestion of it being B.V. & told him about my Mirena. Now had Refresh (slight improvement for a week or so) & now Aci-gel which hurts like made/burns. This is a joke, having Mirena removed pronto if Gyno ever returns my call! It’s not worth the pain & agrivation of getting the dumb Mirena!
    W

    Posted on January 9, 2016 at 7:11 am

  • Jordanne says:

    I’ve had my IUD removed a couple years ago also because of BV. I was wondering if anyone here has been able to get rid of the infections permanently since their removal and if so, how? I’ve tried antibiotics and I’ve tried probiotics. I’ve tried changing my diet, it always finds it’s way back.

    Posted on January 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  • Lovie says:

    I got the iud mirena Inserted in April 2013 everything was ok had recheck it was in right place, I could feel my strings. In June 2014 I was having bad abdominal pain went to doctor she checked my iud because I told her I thought it was that. She said it was in place but the strings were long so she cut them. I had bv and was given antibiotics. Then I was alright till August I started having pain again but ignored it then in Sept I realized I hadn’t had period. It normally was loght before mirena so I thought maybe I wouldn’t have one. I felt prego n took a test two weeks later n it was positive. I had a doctor apt set but ended up in er prior to my apt.In the er I was told I was having a miscarriage. They were confused because I told them about my iud. The er doc did a exam and felt the iud. They sent me home to mk an apt so I did the doctor had to test me hcg levels for weeks to determine the miscarriage then did ultrasound the baby was in fact gone n the iud at that time was in place.I told my doc I wanted to remove the iud because of the pregnancy. It was supposed to be an in office procedure she tugged to be what she said was simple and it didn’t budge. She tried again and it hurt so bad I almosted kicked her. She recommended another doctor. She tried n couldn’t get it they then tried another procedure inserting water to see if that work it did not only the strings came off . They then did dilate my cervix that did not work. Then I had mri ct scan it was perforated in my uterine wall. I had surgery to remove the device Jan 2015. Everything went well or at least I thought. I healed I was in pain for longer than expected but I never had anu surgeries or health issues period. I went to follow up she just asked how I felt checked my incision that was it.I started having pain that would come in go n my periods got heavier. I had rhe nexplon put in when she removed the iud so I thought nothing of it. Well in Nov 2015 I had severe pain out of nowhere n it was persist for days.I went to the er theu did ct with cntrast and found out that I had a fragment from the device left inside that is outside the uterine wall n possibly a blood clot that can develop after a surgery of one that I had. I went back to my doctor who said my pain has nothing to do with the iud and if so I would of been hurting. She prescribed meds said to see vascular which I did he saud it was tiny take blood thinners for another twoweeks and I would be ok.during all of this I’m in serve pain popping perks cant function sometimes it’s okay and other times I feel horrible.The pain is unbearable and one doctor says see this doctor first the other says see this doctor.I just want it out.I went to er Wed n was told to go bk to obgyn who said go bk to vascular wth….plus when I had my follow up after finding out it was still in there my ob said when she took it out she noticed a piece missing but thought maybe she got it while trying those other times what???? Now she says it doesn’t harm anything but I searched and dound symptoms from uterine perforation and all my symptoms fit nausea,vomiting,severe abdominal pain,sudden ,chills,dull aching pain …It also says that it’s best to take out pieces right away because it could cause infection pid,sepsis,infertility….but my.obgyn says the fragment is not the issue…I am beyond myself with this situation and just popped another pill.trying to deal with the pain

    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

  • Kristina says:

    I have had this since Dec 2015. I am on my third bv as of March first. I can’t afford to have it removed as I no longer have health insurance. The only time I’ve had this problem is when I have taken antibiotics.

    Posted on March 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

  • Tanika says:

    Nov 3,2015 I had the iud removed I had it in for Five years it caused me pain and infection now 3 months later I have a Bv and pelvic inflammation and I even asked the doctor the effects of this birth control and she didnt tell me any thing. Also while I was on the iud I started to see blood in the stool and my stool started to change form now I’m on all types of vitamins and antibiotics.

    Posted on March 2, 2016 at 10:44 am

  • Kea says:

    I had Mirena put in 2 years ago. The first month was horrific cramping and bloating, such that I was crawling on the ground like I haven’t since I was a teenager and endometriosis mounted its first attack.

    Then the next 2 years came. I have gained almost 50 pounds (not including bloating and ouffiness that comes and goes). I get sporadic cramps at least 3 times a week. My period is either 2.5 weeks of brown goo, or 2 weeks of actual bleeding. I randomly spot fresh bright blood or pale orange discharge. My underwear and vagina smell (no joke) like a freshly used public portable potty, or like something rancid and sour. I get regular vaginal pain like stabbing and burning that shoots from my uterus all the way down my legs.

    And they all tell me that nothing is wrong?!?!

    I’m done. I’m getting Mirena removed April 1, and scheduling hysterectomy counseling. I can’t take any more of this.

    Posted on March 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  • Amanda says:

    Since a month after having the mirena put in, I started experience severe fatigue, LOW energy, no libido, weight gain, headaches, Constand BV infection to the point I got refills on my prescription for Flagyl. Severe depression, joint pain and low appetite. I finally had it removed after 3 years because I couldn’t take the feeling of fatigue and BV anymore. The doctor kept saying my symtpoms had nothing to do with the IUD yet they couldn’t come up with anything else being wrong after running blood test after test. I am only a couple weeks out of having it removed but already feeling a difference.

    Posted on May 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  • LaShonda says:

    I had the Mirena for about 2 years and experienced fatigue, weight gain, moodiness and even hair loss. I got it removed a few days ago. I wish I would have done my research before getting it. But I have noticed that IUDs are not advertised the way they were a few years ago. I guess because of the side effects.

    Posted on June 3, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  • Theresa says:

    My case was severe and still to this day affects me and wished I’d never gotten the IUD and sorry for all women who did!

    Posted on June 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

  • Rochelle says:

    I have the copper iud now for over a year. No period since. Until 3weeks ago i got my period started getn bad cramps pains in pelvic area lower back pain period just now starting to go away ive been getn light headed dizzy sometimez n this damn headache.. Oh did i mention the nausea n weight gain!!! i think ima have it removed at my annual chk up..

    Posted on July 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  • Charlotte says:

    I, too, have been having all of the above issues for the past three years. The first year or two of having the Mirena IUD was great, with diminished periods and diminished cramps. But then instance after instance of what I first thought were yeast infections that turned out to be BV have been more and more the norm for the past three years. My OB/GYN is still not convinced that it’s the fault of the IUD, but it is scheduled to be taken out this year, as it’s been five years since it was inserted. Before having this damn thing inserted, I went in for an uneventful annual exam at her office, ever since I’ve been going in every three months on average for BV. You think there’s a pattern? I sure do. I am actually looking forward to having my Fallopian tubes removed (along with the IUD) this year so that I no longer have to worry about birth control.

    Posted on July 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  • Hannah says:

    I had the mirena for 2 weeks and it caused an infection. I began experiencing severe abdomen pain, vomiting, high fever, and weakness. When I went into the ER my vitals were very low, my white blood cell count was through the roof, and my fever had reached a 104.9. When I was admitted they diagnosed me as septic. The mirena was immediately removed and I was in the hospital for 5 days. Plus I had to go back to outpatient for 2 weeks in order to receive antibiotics through a picc line. They said of I had waited another day to come into the ER, I wouldn’t be here.

    Posted on August 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  • Shan says:

    I wanted to share that I had fitz hugh curtis syndrome and pid diagnosed in the er. I was having severe abdominal pain under my right rib and right back shoulder area. I had negative tests for all stds so I am thinking it was my mirena. I had it 3 years. Please google that if you feel the same. Very rare disease.

    Posted on September 1, 2016 at 9:08 pm

  • Alexa says:

    Ask your doctor for tinidazole tablets,hope it helps

    Posted on September 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

  • Avis says:

    I have recently had my Marina removed (which was inserted 1998 4 weeks ago, reading through some of the comments I am dumbstruck to find that it should not have been in for such long a time and I can only assume this has been the reason for all my female problems, why was I not told about the lifetime of this product, why was my GP not alerted to this as he has access to my records on screen each and every time I have visited the surgery with symptons relating to my abdomen? I am now due to go to the gynaecologist dept, for an examination as since I have had it removed I have been spotting blood, nasty coloured discharge, cramps reaching from down my lower abdomen to what feels like my vagina.

    Posted on September 20, 2016 at 6:23 am

  • Ruth says:

    I am researching the effects of the mirena coil – I’m 52 and this is my second one. Went on it for really heavy periods and I’ve had no issues with it at all. Having said that, I generally smell foul down below at the end of every day and can’t go without a panty liner due to heavy discharge and am wondering if I have bv. I do remember having to take antibiotics for an unrelated problem and the smell and discharge disappeared completely, but only for the length of time that I was taking the pills! Probably best to start thinking about its removal though my strings have disappeared – wish me luck!!

    Posted on January 2, 2017 at 5:39 pm

  • Emmy says:

    I had IUd since 2012, I had no major issues with it, just minor pain on and off once in a while, and it did stop me from having horrible menstrual cycle..It’s been 5 years I have to remove this thing soon. I’m starting to have bad bactirial infection, and horrible smell. And seems cause of this my bf thinks that I’m cheating on him. Cause infection keep re-accuring and I have to keep taking antibiotics. This really sucks.

    Posted on February 2, 2017 at 2:00 am

  • Margaret says:

    I’m glad I read these comments. Now I know I’m having this IUD removed. I’m having the same exact symptoms; bad infections, constantly on antibiotics, migraine headaches, mood swings, back pain and weight gain.

    Posted on March 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm

  • Robin says:

    I have had my mirena in for a little over a year now and I have never had bv up until I had it put in. It has caused a strain on my marriage I have lost the interest in having sex and when we do have sex it is very painful and my husband has accused me of having an affair so Me and my husband have talked and we are going to the doctor on the 22nd and we will make an appointment to have it removed asap.if I had known then what I know now I would have never gotten it.

    Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

  • Ella says:

    I had my mirena for two years and I got serious pelvic pain as well. My doctor said I had developed an infection in my uterus and had a UTI. The IUD had moved a bit and I haven’t even been sexually active in 2 years!

    Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:54 am

  • Theresa says:

    Hello all, as I sit here showered fresh and clean last night but the smell is knocking me in the face as I type right NOW!!! It is really a darn shame that this is even a topic of discussion. I was on the mini pill bothering no one, when my OBGYN thought “I think the Mirena would be great for you”. I declined twice and finally said yes October of 2015. Why not? what do I have to lose? OH BOY! WAS I WRONG!!! I lost my natural fun loving attitude with a great smelling vagina for a horrible attitude and the smell of funk and fish. Every time I cross or reposition myself, I feel horrified that someone can smell me. I can surely smell myself. I am only 47 years old with prescriptions of Metronidazole just waiting for me to call and have them refilled so I can have another fun 7 days of this mess every night before bed. I would love to marry 1 day. I can’t even allow myself to be approached or approach anyone with the fear of the smell smacking someone in the nose… I had it removed October of 2017 and went back on the mini pill January of 2017 of course the smell is still trailing behind me and it really upsets me. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ASAP. Or I guess they will just let someone die from Pelvic Inflammatory disease or commit suicide from the embarrassment… SMH

    Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:06 am

  • Tina says:

    I had a termination when I was 24 while I was under/soundo they put in the coil a week later something didn’t feel right so I when to see my nurse and she said the coil was infected so she took it out now I know you can not have any infections after a termunation I met my partner a few months later while not being on birth control five years me and him where trying to get pregnant nothing Jo baby no nothing he ended up leaving me and got his new girlfriend pregnant straight away but this was 7 years ago and trying to rebuild my life but I’m now with someone the love of my life but I can’t seem to fall pregnant it says it’s best to have it done while your asleep it’s been 14 years that I can’t get pregnant in always getting b v and infections constantly I hope I haven’t had pip all this time and it’s made me fertile I just hope I can still have babies otherwise I’ll loose another boyfriend I will sue the bastards

    Posted on April 19, 2018 at 2:36 am

  • Jamie says:

    I had Mirena for 5 years, thought it was the best thing ever. Decided to get it again, well two years in I started getting yeast infections and BV. I’ve gone to see multiple doctors, it’s recurrent. I’ve been diagnosed with Vaginitis and more recently CIN II, just had a LEEP procedure 3 weeks ago and surpise, I think I have BV again! I’ve asked all of them if it could be related to my birth control, they all say no. I’ve asked repeatedly to have it taken it, but the military says no because it’s doing it’s job in me not getting pregnant. This is beyond frustrating and I’m happy to see it’s not just me. I do not think I will be getting Mirena a third time. I just hope when next year makes my 5 year mark and I get it removed, my body can recover fully. It’s beyond embarrassing and irritating. Having to be treated every month is absurd… All I want to do it cry, and the fact that i’ve seen 4 different doctors and they all say I just have to keep taking antibiotics or probiotics, or do vaginal and oral treatments is so depressing. I had to do a clindamycin vaginally for a month, and it helped for about 6 months, but it has come back again and again and again… Good luck to all you ladies suffering.

    Posted on May 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

  • Janice says:

    I had mirena placed in 2013. I thought this was the best decision I ever made. Boy was I wrong!! I used to have really bad cramps during my cycle and mirena helped alot with that. After about 6 months my periods were really light and no pain at all. Sometimes I would not get my period at all which I thought was great. Now am nearing my 5th year mark and am getting bv week after week. I have tried everything, flagyl, probiotics, tree top oil, rephresh you name it.. and it keeps coming back. One time I did not have sex for a month thinking that it could be my partner but I got it twice in that month. I cannot stand the smell from my vagina and I feel like everyone around me can smell me which is very depressing. I am glad I read this post because it’s coming out asap! Am just worried what birth control I will use because I am very forgetful when it comes to taking pills daily and am not really thrilled about getting depo-provera shots.

    Posted on July 19, 2018 at 11:19 pm

  • kimberly says:

    I have had my IUD put in on July 2017. Everything was fine until April 2018. I started getting yeast infections. and for some reason I leak. I do not know if this is pertaining to the mirena or not. But I just hope I don’t have to go back to the doctor every time.

    Posted on September 18, 2018 at 4:58 am

  • London says:

    Im glad I came across this…I had my Mirena for about six weeks now. I have been bleeding since insertion but very lightly. I had some body aches and mild cramps nothing too major. About a week ago I noticed a very foul smelling discharge something I didn’t have before. So I made a appt with my gynecologist . Well of course i asked was it because of the IUD and she said no it not a big deal i polly had it before insertion mind you they check you for everything before placement..I made a appt .She did a string test and check my discharge and of course I had BV..Im not going to spend my 5years going back and forth for BV it annoying and putting a damper on my relationship…I going to make a appt and discuss other options for birth control..I was only using them for my heavy period. Im not sure if this is right for me .Cause this smell from BV is horrible. Please do your research and talk with someone before making this type of decision cause some doctors dont wanna remove it . Who wanna live on antibiotics off and on for 5yrs

    Posted on September 25, 2018 at 9:54 am

  • Monique says:

    I have the mirena i got it june 2016 after having my son. My periods are regular but in 2017 i didnt get a period for a month in march 2017 I had to have an xray to find it but they said it was in place so they wouldn’t remove it. Here we are sept 2018 and i missed my period and in extreme pain. Im getting this thing out asap its caused me to have moderate anxiety. And really bad pelvic and abdominal pain.

    Posted on September 29, 2018 at 2:21 am

  • Emma says:

    I’ve had the Mirena in for almost 6 months now and since having it put in, I’ve had 3 urine infections…. they keep occurring and I have been making huge efforts to avoid them at all costs… doing everything I can. However, I constantly continue to get them since having it put in and never use too. I believe it is the mirena causing the issue. I understand the Mirena directly does not cause the infection but believe there is something about the Mirena. I’ve also experienced extreme anxiety in general since having it in and had never experienced anxiety before in my life like this. I can’t wait to have it out….

    Posted on December 17, 2018 at 3:20 am

  • Jackie says:

    I was in a lot of pain with that God damn thing when they put it in me agony went to doctors 3 times told give it a chance had it took out 6 weeks ago in so much pain blood clots excessively bleeding I have had one week no problem after I have a uti in so much pain feel weird also I will tell don’t have this ever put in your body it will ruin you

    Posted on December 21, 2018 at 1:21 pm

  • Carrie says:

    I am 32, in good health. I got an IUD placed. The 1st few months I had a lot of bleeding and cramping. A few months later I got BV (have never had anything wrong down there and have not changed partners) I now have it again. Went to the doc to get the IUD taken out ASAP. She asked if I changed partners and said it wouldn’t have been from the IUD and I would likely still continue to get BV after getting the IUD out. Mmmmhmm… we will see Doc.

    Posted on February 1, 2019 at 9:38 pm

  • Sandy says:

    I’ve had mirena for 4 years now. It has been the worst years from cramping to having bv 3 times a month . I no longer have intercourse since it’s very uncomfortable not even 5 mins into intercourse and surprise surprises bv at it’s full effect I’ve visited my doctor plenty of times but claims it’s not the IUD to try remedies at home like garlic pills and probiotics. Mirena is a nightmare I would not recommend it to anyone

    Posted on February 7, 2019 at 8:21 pm

  • Susan says:

    This has been my second Mirena. I loved it at first. I never had a period, cramping or monthly mood swings. Going into my 5th year of my second Marina I started having reoccurring infections with a faul odor that I swore others could smell standing next to me. I kept telling my fiancé something is wrong because I can’t get rid of it and I don’t know what is causing it. After over a year of dealing with this embarrassment I’m having the Mirema removed. I also started having abdominal pain that lasts about 24 hrs at a time. I sure hope this stops all my female issues.

    Posted on February 22, 2019 at 9:36 pm

  • Millie says:

    I also have the Mirena /IUD . I also get BB I was always in the doctor’s office and hospital to get antibiotics but the side effects were getting me so sick of the antibiotics so I Googled another form of natural remedy to control BV and I douche with peroxide and it gets rid of it a certain amount of time it comes back I doucheagain when i get BV it goes away for awhile now I don’t take antibiotics the symptoms were too hard I’d rather have an IUD then get pregnant

    Posted on March 19, 2019 at 10:49 am

  • Pamela says:

    I had tried the Nuva ring over a decade ago and it gave me recurring yeast infections. I stopped using it but it took a long time for my body to normalize again. After I had my kids my Obgyn kept pressuring me to get the Mirena and I told him what happened on the Nuba Ring. He kept pressuring so I finally did and I’m getting out this Tuesday’s about 4 months later. Horrible discharge, yeast infections, pain and I need my body to bleed every month as I feel it’s cleansing. I would not recommend this to anyone. Women are not lab rats and we shouldn’t be treated as such. I am hoping these infections stop as soon as I take it out but I’m afraid I’m going to go years again with a recurring yeast infection.

    Posted on June 7, 2019 at 3:18 pm

  • Tiffany says:

    I have my mirena in for maybe 3 months and I have pelvic pain, odour. And it feels like someone is squeezing my ovary really hard. I was wondering anyone who has gotten it out, how long does it take? Cause I want it out now

    Posted on June 8, 2019 at 10:34 am

  • Tiffany says:

    I have my mirena in for maybe 3 months and I have pelvic pain, odour. And it feels like someone is squeezing my ovary really hard. I was wondering anyone who has gotten it out, how long does it take? Cause I want it out now

    Posted on June 8, 2019 at 10:42 am

  • Diana says:

    I got meraina in September of 2018 and the entire time I had bleeding. I got it out in September 2019 and have had chronic yeast infections and BV infections each month. It’d awful. Pretty sure it ruined my fertility.

    Posted on June 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

  • Denetra says:

    Ok I have the Miranda and ever time I turn around I have and infection and I’m going back and forward to the Dr. every month and it’s driving me crazy cause I didn’t know what was going on until I googled it OMG no one I mean no one told me about this I’m getting shot and taking meds every month this is crazy today is the 4th Saturday I’m going to my dr and they are going to take this out this is so stressful SMH…

    Posted on July 4, 2019 at 6:06 am

  • Hayley says:

    I had the iud put in April 2014 because not in was helping he severity of my cramps and oral birth control was effecting my hormone levels. I’ve had reoccurring bacterial vaginosis this entire time and I constantly thought it was me. This last time I discovered because I started bleeding during sex with my partner, and suddenly had extreme abdominal pain. I am on a week of metronidazole and dealing with the side effects of this. My partner says he’s concerned about why I got so many infections. I am due to have the mirena iud taken out and wasn’t sure if I should get it re-inserted, but I am worried after reading these comments. I definitely don’t think I will be getting it out back in, and I hope five years of these infections hasn’t effected my ability to get pregnant later on. Wow.

    Posted on July 11, 2019 at 6:54 pm

  • Gwen says:

    I had the Mirena IUD placed in probably 2010 or 2012 and immediately began having recurring bouts of BV. One doctor insisted that they were not related and another insisted that they were. I was definitely convinced that they were related because I never had it until after the Mirena was placed. Ever since I had the Mirena removed I’ve had recurring bouts of BV. Is there a link? I absolutely think so. It’s the only thing that makes any sense. It’s been out for several years now and I still I have recurring BV. Nothing short of absolutely humiliating an embarrassing to keep returning to the doctor for antibiotics even with the Mirena being gone. Spare yourself the headaches ladies and stay away from the Mirena.

    Posted on July 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

  • Katelyn says:

    I currently have a Mirena IUD in and I keep getting painful bacterial vaginosis. I’ve gone thru numerous treatment and just finished one last week after going to urgent care for side pain and dizziness. I finished the meds when to enjoy the company of my boyfriend because it’s been about 2-3weeks and it’s so painful and I just have to pee all the time and I just feel wrong. It’s so so frustrating and I just found this. My drs have been saying it wasn’t the IUD.

    Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm

  • Jess says:

    After reading all these post I made an app to get my IUD removed…I’ve had it for 3 years and had no problems up until recently…I’ve probably been through 5-6 BV infections over the past few months. My doctors have never suggested it could be the IUD but I’m happy I came across this page. I have been miserable going between antibiotics weekly and then yeast infections from the antibiotics. My obgyn suggested I try the Rephresh pills and since taking them they take away the odor but I still have a discharge and eventually discomfort which is of course BV. I’m 21 and it makes me feel disgusting and like I can’t have a normal sex life with my boyfriend. We even use condoms in hopes it would help and still they keep coming back. Praying that once it’s out I don’t have any more of them

    Posted on August 29, 2019 at 11:43 am

  • V says:

    I have had the IUD for going on 4 years and just recently started to have intercourse this past year but I’ve noticed that I keep getting BV especially after intercourse and I’m so tired of it. I keep having to go to the doctor so they can prescribe the antibiotics. I was searching all over the web on why I keep getting this and I know I don’t have a period because of the IUD and came across this page. I know now that I’m not alone. It’s been great as far as preventing pregnancy but I can’t deal with this BV. The odor is bad and I just want it to go away.

    Posted on August 30, 2019 at 9:22 pm

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