Finding out you’re pregnant is usually great news. A lot of women consider carrying a child both a privilege and a blessing. One woman, however, received the news of her pregnancy with a hint of trepidation. She found out she was pregnant after she been implanted a Mirena coil, which is “a hormone-inducing IUD that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years,” according to their website.
Lucy Hellein from Alabama posted a picture of her newborn baby Dexter Tyler as he clutches the Mirena coil which should have prevented the pregnancy. Looking at the picture, you would think the baby actually knew what he was doing. In the picture, Baby Dexter has his eyes closed and a gloved hand is holding up his arm as he clutches the contraceptive coil.
The picture, which was captioned “Mirena fail” has since gone viral and has been shared over 72,000 times on Facebook.
Lucy admits she had had Mirena implants before and had experienced no problem with it.
“This was actually my third Mirena, my first two worked great. I had this one inserted back in August,” she told Metro. “I found out I was pregnant in December and I’ll admit I was scared because of the Mirena.
“I assumed I was only a few weeks along, but the ultrasound confirmed that I was already 18 weeks along. My Mirena was nowhere to be found on ultrasound so my OB [obstetrician] assumed that it had fallen out, but I wasn’t convinced.”
She gave birth to Dexter Tyler, her third child, by a scheduled C-section. The surgeon removed her Mirena coil during the operation, and Mirena had her fallopian tube removed after giving birth.
Pregnancy with Mirena in situ is rare but not uncommon. In an article titled “True Mirena failure: Twin pregnancy with Mirena in situ” by Jyoti Kumari, Sonya Malik, and Meenakshi Dua, which appeared in the January – March issue of Journal of Mid-Life Health, the writers present the story of a 36-year-old woman who had complained about having “severe epigastric pain for last 25 days, which was increasing in severity and worse after taking meals. She also gave a past history of acid peptic disease for which she used to take an antacid on and off. So, she consulted the gastroenterologist for epigastric pain and was advised to undergo few blood tests, Ultrasonography (USG) whole abdomen and pelvis and then accordingly planned to go for upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Her blood test and upper abdomen scan was normal. Incidentally on the pelvic ultrasound two gestational sac corresponding to 6 weeks days and 6 weeks 3 days with Mirena in uterine cavity were detected.”
Her urine tested positive for pregnancy even when she had been transplanted with the Mirena coil two years before. IUDs are considered to be one of the most effective methods of birth control, however, a substantial number of women do get pregnant due to IUD failures.
Some of the causes of failure, according to studies conducted to identify the risk factors for IUD failure, are “malplaced IUD, expulsion of IUD and pregnancy missed at the time of insertion of IUD. None of these was present in our case. In fact, our case is reported because of its rarity, since intensive Medline literature search did not reveal any case of failure of Mirena IUS in situ leading to twin gestational sac.”
“Dexter was definitely meant to be. His original due date was May 4th and even the doctor said ‘the force was strong with this one,’ an allusion to Star Wars, whose day is celebrated on May 4th. “Although he wasn’t planned, my family and I feel incredibly blessed,” continued Lucy.
Perhaps it is true what they say, life will always find a way.
Photos by: The Sun