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FDA approves Bayer Inserter for Skyla, Mirena IUDs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new inserter device by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals designed to aid in the insertion of the company’s own intrauterine devices, the Mirena IUD and Skyla IUD. Both the Mirena and Skyla IUDs are flexible, T-shaped devices that are inserted into the cervix where they release the hormone levonorgestrel. Skyla prevents pregnancy for up to thee years, while Mirena is considered effective for up to five years. Mirena is also indicated to treat heavy bleeding in women who choose to use an IUD as their method of contraception. Mirena is designed for women ... Read More

Thousands of women from Canada, US file Mirena IUD lawsuits

Canadian Jemila Shen suffered severe abdominal cramps a year after being implanted with the popular Mirena IUD contraceptive. But when she went to have the intrauterine device removed, it was nowhere to be found with an ultrasound. It wasn’t until she underwent surgery that doctors found her IUD. It had migrated toward her hip bone. Shen says she was never warned the device could move from its intended location in her cervix. “It sounds easy – you put it in for five years and forget about it,” she told CTV News. “But look what happened to me.” Shen has joined ... Read More

New products, studies could make intrauterine birth control devices more popular

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are considered a highly effective contraceptive device and more convenient than a once-a-day birth control pill. New products and studies currently underway may make them even more popular in the years to come, according to RH Reality Check, a “Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice News, Analysis & Commentary” website. Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of an IUD could ring in at as much as $1,000 if it was not covered by a person’s health insurance. Now, all plans are required to cover contraceptive methods and related services without ... Read More

Merck offers $100 million to settle NuvaRing lawsuits

Plaintiff’s lawyers are meeting in Las Vegas this week to determine whether enough claimants opted in on a $100 million settlement offered by Merck & Co. for its contraceptive NuvaRing, which has been linked to life threatening blood clots. Under the agreement, 95 percent of the estimated 3,800 claimants must opt in. The average payment would be about $58,000, however each claim would be reviewed by attorneys using a formula that adds points based on injuries, and subtracts points for those who are smokers or who are underweight. Lawyers representing women who have filed NuvaRing lawsuits against Merck & Co. ... Read More

Woman files Mirena IUD injury lawsuit against Bayer

A Pennsylvania woman is suing Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals because she became pregnant while using the company’s Mirena IUD birth control. She claims the implantable contraceptive device migrated from the cervix where it was implanted, and thus, failed to prevent contraception. Rebecca Syx filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, claiming Bayer was negligent by manufacturing and marketing a defective device. According to the complaint, Rebecca was implanted with the Mirena intrauterine device, or IUD, in the spring of 2011. She went for a follow-up visit in mid-June, during which the doctor confirmed the IUD was in its proper ... Read More

New blood clot warning with NuvaRing contraceptive device

A new warning has been added to the safety label of the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring, alerting health care providers and women that the birth control method should be discontinued if symptoms of blood clots are experienced. Symptoms of blood clots include chest pain; shortness of breath; upper body discomfort such as in the arms, back, neck or jaw; redness, warmth or swelling in the lower leg; headaches; speech changes; paralysis, dizziness; or trouble speaking. “Stop NuvaRing use if an arterial thrombotic or venous thromboembolic event (VTE) occurs,” the warning reads. “Stop NuvaRing use if there is unexplained loss of ... Read More

Woman dies after surgery to remove Mirena IUD, have tubal ligation

A 40-year-old woman died during a routine medical procedure to remove her Mirena IUD and have a tubal ligation, raising more concerns over the safety of the contraceptive devices. Nicole Lee Stein Caruso underwent surgery in April 2011, but something went terribly wrong. During the operation she sustained a small but accidental laceration to her left internal iliac artery – the main artery of the pelvis. Following surgery she complained of pain, was given pain medication, and fell asleep. During the night Caruso lost two quarts of blood through gradual internal bleeding, which sent her into cardiac arrest. She died ... Read More

Serious injuries associated with Mirena IUD

Women who are using the intrauterine device Mirena should be aware that the IUD could spontaneously migrate after it is inserted, and may cause serious injury, The Safety Report warns. The Mirena IUD is a birth control device that is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. It is a small, T-shaped device made of flexible plastic that is inserted into the uterine cavity by a trained health care provider. The IUD releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. Since the Mirena IUD was approved in 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports of adverse events ... Read More

Mirena IUD side effect lawsuits expected to grow into hundreds

Sarah says her experience with Mirena IUD for birth control was so horrendous that she would never recommend the device to anyone. The mother of three says she felt pain the minute the intrauterine device was inserted. The pain got so bad she went to the emergency room where doctors told her she would have to have her IUD removed as soon as possible. The device had perforated her uterus and floated into her abdomen. She had to undergo surgery to remove it. It was a frightening experience, but one that is being reported more and more with the T-shaped, ... Read More

Woman suffers toxic shock from IUD

“I got toxic shock from an IUD,” writes Alice Myerhoff on XO Jane. It was a rare side effect even the hospital had a hard time believing. But Myerhoff easily saw the connection. A few days after she received an intrauterine device for pregnancy protection she became deathly ill. She called her nurse, who brushed off her symptoms, which included fever and body shakes. It wasn’t until she developed a suspicious red spot on her leg and had difficulty walking on it that the nurse ordered her to see her doctor right away. She was then taken to the emergency ... Read More