WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Even as the number of lawsuits steadily increases, IUDs are becoming more popular.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest data indicates that intrauterine devices are the third most popular form of birth control. Between 2011 and 2013, 12 percent chose it as a form of long-term, reversible contraception. This is a huge jump compared to 10 years ago when only 2.4 percent of women used IUDs. Researchers in other institutes believe the numbers are even higher with the implementation of the ACA. In addition, known medical organizations have been encouraging and recommending the use of IUDs for teens and busy moms. Globally the IUD is the most popular form of birth control with an estimated 150 million users.
This is disconcerting as the number of IUD lawsuits increases. More than 1,500 have been filed in a single New Jersey court and another 1,000 are in the federal multidistrict litigation in the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
What is Mirena?
Mirena is a brand of IUD manufactured by Bayer and is in the class of intrauterine devices called levonorgestrel intrauterine systems. It is a small t-shaped device that is placed in the uterus and slowly releases the birth control hormone progestin into the body. It acts as long-term contraception for up to five years. It requires a quick procedure by a medical provider to have the IUD inserted.
While it has proven to be effective in preventing pregnancies, the Mirena IUD comes with serious side effects. The most serious risk is that the IUD has the tendency to migrate out of its designated place in the uterus. This can cause serious problems for the neighboring organs as the device can puncture them. It can perforate the uterus and enter the bladder or neighboring blood vessels. It can also lead to infection, bleeding, and pain. In rarer but equally dangerous situations, the IUD has been known to cause ectopic pregnancies, ovarian cysts, and possibly increases the risk for breast cancer.
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