You won’t believe what this little baby is clutching in its hand, and it should scare the daylights out of couples who don’t want to get pregnant.
It’s the photo that’s blowing up the Internet, and probably giving minor heart attacks to parents who are trying not to get pregnant. A woman in Alabama has given birth to a baby, something that ordinarily wouldn’t be all that shocking, if it weren’t for the fact that she had an intrauterine device (IUD) that apparently failed to stop the pregnancy from happening.
In the incredible photo above, that baby, named Dexter, is defiantly clutching that very IUD device, as if to say nothing could stop him from entering into this world. The photo was posted on Facebook by his mother, Lucy Hellein, who jokingly captioned the post “Mirena fail!” Mirena is the brand name of the IUD device.
Hellein said she found out she was pregnant in December even though she was implanted with the IUD back in August. Doctors believe she became pregnant just three weeks after the device had been implanted. Doctors thought it must have fallen out, but when Hellein gave birth via caesarean section, the surgeons found the IUD in her placenta. She then gave it to Dexter to hold for a funny photo.
“I didn’t think it would go viral,” Hellein said, according to a WTSP report. “My doctor believes I may have gotten pregnant about three weeks after it was placed.”
Here is what Mirena says on its website about how effective the device is at preventing pregnancy.
Mirena is one of the most effective forms of birth control. Unfortunately, no birth control method, including Mirena, is 100% perfect. Once Mirena is placed by your healthcare provider, it is over 99% effective and works continuously to prevent pregnancy. So you don’t have to think about taking birth control every day or even every year. You just do a self-check of the threads of Mirena once a month to make sure it’s in place. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to explain how. If you have trouble finding the threads, or can’t feel the threads, call your healthcare provider. And in the meantime, be sure to use a backup form of non-hormonal birth control.
It is important to think about your daily, weekly and monthly routine and how that may affect which birth control method is best for you. The chart below shows the chance of becoming pregnant for women who use different methods of birth control. The most effective methods, including intrauterine devices such as Mirena, are found at the top of the chart. If you have any questions about this information, please ask your healthcare provider.
No one method of birth control is right for everyone and there are risks associated with Mirena that you should know about. For detailed information about possible side effects, some potentially serious, please see Mirena Safety Considerations and the Patient Information.
With Mirena, you get effective contraception for up to 5 years and flexibility because you can have it removed by your healthcare provider whenever you want to try to have another child. You can try to become pregnant as soon as Mirena is removed. In fact, within a year of having Mirena removed, approximately 8 out of 10 women succeeded at becoming pregnant.
One risk of becoming pregnant while using Mirena is called ectopic pregnancy. This means that the pregnancy is not in the uterus. It may occur in the fallopian tubes. Signs of ectopic pregnancy may include unusual vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain. Ectopic pregnancy is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention and often requires surgery. Ectopic pregnancy can cause internal bleeding, infertility and even death, so it is important to call your healthcare provider right away if you think that you’re pregnant.
There are also risks if you become pregnant while using Mirena and the pregnancy is in the uterus. Severe infection, miscarriage, premature delivery and even death can occur with pregnancies that continue with an intrauterine device (IUD). Because of this, your healthcare provider may try to remove Mirena, even though removing it may cause a miscarriage. If Mirena cannot be removed, talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of continuing the pregnancy.
If you continue your pregnancy, see your healthcare provider regularly. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, cramping, pain, bleeding, vaginal discharge, or fluid leaking from your vagina. These may be signs of infection.
It is not known if Mirena can cause long-term effects on the fetus if it stays in place during a pregnancy.