Studies are mixed on how intrauterine devices, such as Mirena, can lower and increase the risk of cancer in women thanks to the hormone the devices release.
Studies are mixed on how dangerous Mirena and other intrauterine devices are to women. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are contraceptives that slowly release the hormone levonorgestrel into the body through a small t-shaped coil. Scientists have started to study the long-term effects of this hormone being used for contraception. While IUDs are thought to decrease the risk of ovarian cancer in the short term, the risk increases with long-term use.
Risks of Using Mirena
The most serious concern doctors have regarding IUDs like Mirena is the possibility that these devices will increase the risk of breast cancer in women who use them. Doctors in Finland recently published a report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The Finnish doctors analyzed women between the ages of 30 and 49 who used levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs from 1994 to 2007. The researchers then obtained information on cancer cases from the Finnish Cancer Registry. Hospitals and clinics throughout Finland have reported virtually every cancer case in the nation to the registry since 1953. They also used national surveys on health behaviors to control for other possible cancer-causing behaviors, like smoking.
The authors concluded at the time that levonorgestrel-releasing IUD may lower women’s risk for lung, pancreatic, and endometrial cancer, but is associated with a worrisome increase in breast cancer incidence. The study found that women using the IUD experienced a 7 percent higher chance of breast cancer compared to those who did not use it. There were 2,781 cases of cancer out of 93,843 women who used the IUDs. Among the 14,234 women who purchased at least 2 IUDs, 454 were diagnosed with cancer after the second IUD purchase. The effect on the breasts is more complicated and concerning. They found an increased incidence ratio for breast cancer after five or more years of follow-up.
Because analyzing the effect on of a hormone or chemical on breast tissue is more complicated, the doctors said the results should be viewed with caution. Nonetheless, the worry cannot be ignored. More and more women are being told that IUDs like Mirena are more convenient and safe than other forms of birth control. Teens and young women, in particular, are targets for the IUD manufacturers. Considering how scientists are still concerned with the long-term effects of hormone releasing devices like Mirena, it is concerning that the devices are being directly marketed to young women – women who may go through multiple IUDs.
It is important you conduct proper research before using a device like a Mirena IUD. Outside of the cancer risk, the Mirena IUD can migrate from the uterus and cause other serious health complications such as chronic pain, infection, organ damage, ectopic pregnancy, and bleeding.
Our Mirena IUD Lawyers Can Help
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