Mirena

Progestin Birth Control Side Effects

progestin birth control

The Mirena intrauterine device is a progestin-only birth control method which can cause adverse reactions in some women. Without estrogen, or too high levels of progestin, women can experience headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, nausea and dizziness. Progestin birth control can also lead to more serious side effects, including severe stomach pain and long-lasting bleeding, the reported.

Progestin Birth Control In The News

In 2012, The Atlantic reported that progestin – which is a synthetic version of the naturally-occurring hormone progesterone – actually affects much more than a woman’s uterus. It can impact every major organ within the patient’s body, including the brain and heart. Researchers have discovered both positive and negative effects on organs from progestin, showing some women may suffer IUD complications from Mirena.

For instance, progestin interacts with the body’s receptors. This can cause unwanted complications in hormonal contraception and hormone replacement therapy, including increased breast cancer and cardiovascular risks, said sources.

Research conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study showed women treated with estrogen and a form of progestin called medroxyprogesterone face higher risk of dementia compared to women only treated with estrogen, The Atlantic reported. As a result, women should discuss all viable birth control options with a physician. This can help women determine which medical device or medication works best for their family planning needs.

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What You Can Do

If either you or a loved one suffered from serious Mirena IUD health complications, you may have a claim. To speak with an attorney, fill out your free Mirena IUD claim review form today. Once you’ve submitted your information, a lawyer will call you to discuss your case.