A young woman has been left devastated after her contraceptive coil ruined her perfect smile – leaving her with rotting teeth and sagging gums.
Despite having the mirene coil removed – which doctors linked to her rotting teeth – Ella Jansen’s teeth have gotten progressively worse.
The 29 year old has now been diagnosed gum disease and has been warned that she’s likely to lose almost all her teeth in her 30’s.
After getting the coil in 2013, Ella began to notice that her gums started to swell and noticed gaps forming between her teeth.
Because of her excellent oral hygiene and diet, it was a massive shock when her dentist diagnosed her with gingivitis – gum disease which is linked to bad hygiene.
She has claimed that the dentist told her it was caused by a hormonal imbalance from the mirena coil.
But despite her concerns, Ella says nurses were reluctant to take it out and she was stuck with it for almost two years.
Elle, from Solihull, West Mids said: “I first had the coil fitted in 2013 and it was just weeks later that I noticed my gums had started to swell and I noticed little gaps forming between my teeth.
“It was a total shock when the dentist told me it was gingivitis.
“I had no idea that the mirena coil could cause my teeth to go rotten, it was a huge shock when my dentist linked the two.”
Suffering from numerous negative effects from the coil, Ella wanted it taken out but despite her numerous requests; she claims that her nurse refused.
She began to also experience leg pain and found herself unable to walk for any longer than a mile before her left leg would give up.
Ella added: “My left leg would just give way and later on I found out that that can happen when the coil is fitted incorrectly.
“I was dealing with so many side-effects, but I just couldn’t get my nurse to take it out – she said she was worried I would get pregnant.
“My teeth eventually got worse and it became full blown periodontal disease – which is gum disease.
“It’s incredibly painful – my gums are constantly swollen and bright red, and they bleed often – my teeth are now wonky and sometimes overlap.
“My gums got infected and the dentist had to make my gums bleed to get the infection out by scraping the gums.
“I’ve always taken good care of my teeth and had a good diet and exercise.”
Before getting the coil fitted at 24, Elle had looked forward to the start of her modelling career, but she found herself feeling withdrawn and embarrassed by how her teeth looked.
Elle says that the coil has ruined her life and that she wants to warn other girls of the lesser known dangers of the mirena coil.
She added: “It’s absolutely ruined my life – I was getting into modelling before I got the coil and I had a few photoshoots.
“It all seemed to be going so well, but now I can’t even smile properly – I don’t want people to see my teeth because they look so bad.
“I struggled to get the coil taken out, but it was finally removed in 2015 and my symptoms started to balance out again, but my teeth just got worse and worse.
“The dentist said that I’ll have lost 11 of my teeth by the time I’m 35 – when he said that I won’t lie, I did cry for days.
“My mouth has changed the way that my face has structured – my top lip my cupid’s bow was straight but now it’s crooked because my teeth are pushing it up.
“I really want to raise awareness about the issues that can come along with the mirena coil – I don’t want any other girls to have to go through what I went through.
“No one mentioned this was a risk when I got the coil and it’s had such a massive impact on my life.
“I’m hoping I can afford to get a treatment called BOST in London – it’s about £5000 and it’s a cure for gum disease.
“It’s not even just that my teeth look so bad now, it’s all the health problems that have come along with it.
“I’m at risk of a heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure and I’m in a lot of pain it’s not just my mouth, it’s my abdomen and in my leg too.”
You can find out more about Elle and donate to her treatment at https://www.gofundme.com/gumdiseasedamage .