The Mirena IUD is a T-shaped plastic device that gradually releases evonorgestrel, a type of synthetic progestogen, in to the woman's body to prevent pregnancy. Effective for up to 5 years the IUD was widely touted as the busy woman's solution to effective and safe birth control- that wouldn't require the daily burden of remembering to take a pill.
The IUD is also lower in hormones than many birth control pills and promised a shorter, or sometimes even nonexistent period. But complications from the IUD are not rare, and discussion on the internet makes it appear that those who suffer from adverse side effects are much higher than the manufacturer's claims of 5-10%.
Women around the world are reporting the signs of adverse reaction to their IUD, complications from Mirena include:
Its reported that half of all pregnancies that occur on Mirena will result in a ectopic pregnancy- in which the fetus will ultimately die and the complications can be potentially life threatening for the mother. In the most serious cases, women who suffered serious side effects from Mirena were forced to surgically remove the uterus in a hysterectomy. Other less serious side effects of Mirena women have reported include: depression, extreme hair loss, migraines, and severe bloating and fatigue.
At this time, there is no recall on the Mirena IUD- but that is not to say that Bayer, manufacturers of the Mirena IUD have been left to their devices scotch-free. Bayer has been long criticized for life threatening complications from their other popular birth control products- the birth control pills Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella, which carry an unusually high risks of blood clots over other hormonal birth control options.
In 2009 the FDA warned Bayer to stop calling the Mirena low-hormone, and to better warn women of the side effects associated with its use. If you or your loved ones believe that you are experiencing complications from your Mirena IUD, you may be elligible to receive monetary compensation for your pain and suffering.