The Mirena IUD has reported complications and lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturer.
What is it and what does it do?
An IUD (IUS, for the Brits) is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that your OB/GYN inserts into your uterus. The old-fashioned IUD’s (sans hormones) are famous for nasty side-effects, but the Mirena is often touted as getting around most of these due to the Levonorgestrel. This IUD works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it. It also thins the lining of the uterus, which is what leads to reduced bleeding over time.
Why’s this better than other methods like The Pill which also contain this hormone?
Well, for starters, it contains far less of the Levonorgestrel hormone than you find in The Pill. And, it sends it directly to the uterus lining, as opposed to filling your circulatory system with it. Much safer, for obvious reasons. It’s also praised by some women for it’s effect on the menstrual cycle – it reduces bleeding, and, in some cases, eliminates menstruation altogether for the duration of its placement. Let’s see The Pill do that.
How long can it be in there for?
Up to 5 years – you can take it out sooner if you want to.
Who can use it?
It’s important to read the Mirena site carefully – they actually say this is intended for women who’ve already had a child. Pharmaceutical companies do not say things like that without a very good reason and that's definitely something to take note of. They also mention women who’ve had cancer should avoid Mirena because of the hormones. Other than that, it seems like anyone with a uterus can use it.
Mirena side effects have included:
Intrauterine Pregnancy (a pregnancy in the uterus with the IUD in place)
Group A streptococcal sepsis
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
Other common Mirena side effects include:
Irregular Spotting or Bleeding
Many women are experiencing complications and seeking legal advice. Call 1 877 522-2123