Many aspects of life require us to consider whether the benefits of a form of birth control outweigh the potential risks. When it comes to our health, the repercussions of a bad decision can be life-threatening.

Consider the Mirena IUD, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, which has come under fire for a number of serious complications suffered by women who use the device. While the benefits may seem tempting, are the risks really worth it?

Benefits:

  • It is one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control.
  • It can be used by women who are breastfeeding.
  • Once inserted, the IUD is effective for five years.
  • No additional preparation is necessary before intercourse.
  • Women tend to have fewer menstrual cramps.
  • Periods tend to be lighter, and some women stop having periods altogether.
  • When the IUD is removed, women are soon able to get pregnant.
  • The hormones in the IUD are less likely to other medications.
  • Women with other medical problems can safely use Mirena.

Risks:

  • A woman may develop ovarian cysts.
  • The device may perforate or become imbedded in the uterus; hospitalization may be required, and surgery may be necessary to remove it.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can develop, leading to infertility, hysterectomy, or death.

Considering that the risks of the Mirena IUD are serious and alternative forms of birth control are available, women may be wise to think twice about using Mirena—especially since more and more women are coming forward with serious, painful, and life-altering side effects.

Contact a Kentucky Mirena complications attorney if you have been injured by using the device. Call Gray and White Law at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law
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