Mirena IUDs are causing some serious "side-effects," including uterine perforations, bleeding, irregular menstrual cycle, loss of sex drive, allergies, asthma, emotional instability, depression, mental problems, pain during intercourse and more!
Sounds like it might be a good idea to avoid them!
Source article at: http://drugwatch.com
Written by: Michelle Y. Llamas
"Mirena is one of only two hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) approved for preventing pregnancy in the United States. The Mirena IUD is a T- shaped device made of medical-grade plastic implanted into the uterus and designed to release a low dose of progestin birth control hormones.Michelle Y. Llamas is a content writer for Drugwatch. She educates the public about dangerous drugs and medical devices.
Approved in 2000 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mirena is manufactured by Bayer – the same company that produces the popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. The Mirena IUD is effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 5 years. However, it is not without side effects – some more serious than others.
Mirena Device Migration
Despite Mirena's effectiveness as contraception, it has been linked to a number of serious side effects. Since Mirena was approved, there have been tens of thousands of adverse events reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One of the most dangerous of these side effects is device migration. Device migration occurs when Mirena spontaneously moves from its place in the uterus. It can perforate – or puncture – the wall of the uterus and damage nearby organs. Mirena can travel to the bladder, pelvis, blood vessels, fallopian tubes or abdominal cavity.
When a device migrates, it must be located and removed surgically to avoid organ damage, pain and infection. Women who use Mirena soon after childbirth are at increased risk of perforation of the uterus and should wait at least 6 months after delivery before using Mirena.
Other Serious Side Effects
• Device expulsion. This is the most prevalent side effect associated with Mirena. It occurs when the device spontaneously leaves the body and can cause cramping, bleeding, and pain during sex. When the device is expelled, a woman can become pregnant.
• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Mirena is known to cause PID, which can occur as soon as three weeks after the device is implanted. PID is very painful and often affects the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes, which can lead to infertility. The FDA has released a health warning that women with a history of PID should not use Mirena.
• Ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilized outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. This is very dangerous to the mother, and the baby will not survive. The fertilized egg must be removed during surgery, and infertility may occur.
Common side effects include:
• Mood changes
• Vaginal discharge
• Breast tenderness
• Abnormal bleeding patterns
If you are a Mirena user and are concerned about device migration or any of the other side effects listed above, you should contact your doctor immediately."