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Mirena IUD Linked to Negative Effects,Rising Complaints

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IUD use had risen from 0.8 percent of women in reproductive age in 1995 to 5.6 percent in 2010. There are two types of IUDs available in the US and one of it is the Mirena IUD. However, online reports suggest that the MIrena IUD has negative effects to its recipients leading to growing number of complaints.

Over 45,000 adverse events from Mirena have been reported to U.S. health regulators since Mirena’s introduction to the market. Some of these unwanted effects are vaginitis, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, intestinal perforation or obstruction, breast tenderness, miscarriages, perforation of the uterus, amenorrhea, irregular spotting or bleeding, device migration or erosion, infections, dysmenorrhea, and development of scar tissue wherever the device embeds itself.

An ovarian cyst may also develop. Some of these cysts will disappear after a few months, while others cause pain and require surgery. Furthermore, a pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may likely occur as germs or bacteria may enter the uterus upon insertion of the IUD which cause PID, a serious infection and can be transmitted sexually. Those who are affected by it are put under antibiotic treatment and the removal of the IUD, but other women may need a hysterectomy to remove the uterus.

 

How Does Mirena IUD Work?

 

Mirena IUDs work by releasing the hormone levonorgestrel which causes the cervical mucus to become thicker so the sperm will not reach the egg. Moreover, the hormone changes the lining of the uterus making it impossible for implantation of the fertilized egg to happen.

As soon as Mirena is placed inside the uterus by a medical practitioner, it starts releasing small quantities of the hormone levonorgestrel into the uterus to provide continuous birth control for up to five years.

 

FDA Warning Against Mirena

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning against the manufacturer of Mirena, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals on 2009. The warning documented the health complications connected with Mirena and it also addressed the overstatement of effectiveness, unsupported claims, and deceptive statements used in Mirena advertising.

Many women who fell into the false advertisement of Mirena have experienced the complications of it, prompting them to file lawsuits against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, seeking financial compensation for the hospital bills, pain and injuries they have suffered.

Sources:

  • webmd.com/sex/birth-control/iud-intrauterine-device
  • livestrong.com/article/35110-complications-mirena-iud/