ROCKVILLE, Md. — A new study indicates that the popular IUD Mirena may be linked to higher rates of a specific type of brain injury.
At the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, a team of scientists presented data that revealed women who used IUDs suffered from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (.18 percent) much more so than non-IUD users (.02 percent). The scientists and researchers were able to glean this information from thousands of women’s insurance data and phone surveys.
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is also known as pseudotumor cerebri. It is a condition that causes elevated spinal fluid pressure on the brain. The cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain acts as a cushion to protect and nourish it. Individuals who suffer from idiopathic intracranial hypertension feel increased pressure from the spinal fluid and swelling of the optic nerve. This can be an acute or chronic condition. The immediate symptoms are blind spots, poor peripheral vision, headaches, blurriness, and nerve damage. Over time, an individual’s vision will continue to deteriorate until one is completely blind and the nerves are permanently damaged.
There are multiple causes for idiopathic intracranial hypertension, obesity being the most common. However, exposure to certain medications, such as tetracycline, may trigger IIH. Women suffering from Mirena IUD use have also addressed the issue of idiopathic intracranial hypertension in their concerns and lawsuits. The study mentioned above is not the first to make the connection to IIH.
Treatment for IIH is limited. Weight loss is the most common recommendation and halting the use of any medication (or medical device) that may be contributing to your risk. Surgery to relieve pressure around the optic nerve is another option as well has having a shunt implanted to drain the spinal fluid out of the brain. These are not ideal, cheap, or minimally invasive.
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