The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bayer’s Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) in 2000. Since then, many women got the Mirena for long-term contraception. However, many women reported IUD complications in the decade after Bayer gained Mirena FDA approval. In fact, the FDA received more than 70,000 Mirena adverse event reports involving IUD perforation, migration and embedment.
Mirena FDA Approval Given, Despite Migration Injury Risks
Mirena releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel. Bayer claims the IUD releases most hormones into a woman’s uterus, not her bloodstream. While Mirena claims 99% effectiveness for birth control, women should know about other complication risks. Device manufacturer Bayer says Mirena can migrate away from your original insertion site. If this happens, Mirena may embed itself within the uterine wall. Once it’s stuck there, the IUD can cause serious health problems.
When this happens, women may experience pain and cramping, along with excess bleeding or dizziness. Your doctor must identify complications (such as embedment and perforation) early to avoid long-term damage.
The FDA also warns about embedment and perforation risks. Other possible Mirena side effects include ovarian cysts, intrauterine pregnancy and even breast cancer.
Bayer Gains Additional Mirena FDA Approval in 2009 for Heavy Bleeding
In 2009, Bayer gained a new Mirena FDA approval to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women with IUDs. Yet according to the agency’s updated Mirena FDA approval, those women also risked IUD complications.
“The most common adverse events reported by patients in the primary clinical trial using Mirena to treat heavy menstrual bleeding included uterine bleeding/spotting at irregular intervals, headache, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea), pelvic pain, and breast tenderness,” the FDA said in 2009.
These IUD complications also affect women using Mirena for birth control purposes, such as ovarian cysts and abnormal bleeding.
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