A Consumer Health Alert for Women Using the Mirena IUD
What is Mirena® IUD?
Mirena® IUD (intrauterine device) is a small, plastic, t-shaped contraceptive device to prevent pregnancy that is attached to two threads. Mirena® is placed inside the uterus by a healthcare provider, where it releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel.
Serious Risks Associated with Mirena® IUD
Mirena® IUD may be associated with:
- Uterine Perforation
- Migration of the Device
- Surgical Removal
- Serious Complications
Furthermore, if you do become pregnant while the Mirena® IUD is still inside your body, there is a higher chance that it will lead to an ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
Mirena® IUD is also associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can lead to complications such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation and chronic pain in the pelvis.
According to the FDA, some Mirena® IUD users have also suffered from group A streptococcal sepsis (GAS), a potentially deadly bacterial infection that can cause flesh-eating bacteria syndrome (necrotizing fasciitis) and toxic shock syndrome.
In addition, we are currently investigating an association between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Mirena® IUD.
RA is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Unlike osteoarthritis, which affects the bone, RA typically targets the lining of the small joints, such as the ones in the hands and feet.
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