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Cases against Mirena IUD move toward class-action lawsuit

Months after having the Mirena IUD inserted in her cervix to prevent pregnancy, K. demanded her doctor remove the contraceptive device. It was the only thing she could think of that could be causing her hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, and pain during sexual intercourse. She had gotten the intrauterine device six months after delivering her son, but since getting it nothing seemed right. When her doctor went to remove the IUD, he couldn’t find it. K.’s Mirena IUD had dislodged from its intended place in her cervix, perforated her uterus, and migrated into her abdomen, eventually embedding in ... Read More

Device designed to make IUD implantation easier

Intrauterine devices, such as the Mirena IUD by Bayer Healthcare, are one of the most effective forms of birth control, but having them implanted can be painful. The process generally takes several minutes, during which a sharp, prong-like tool … is used to pierce the tissue of the cervix and clamp it and pull on it,” explains Ben Cappiello, chief scientific officer with Bioceptive. “It takes a lot of expertise to do it perfectly every time, and in a lot of places the IUD isn’t offered because people don’t know how to insert it,” he told WSJ. Inexperienced practitioners also ... 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

Consumers Union fights for more oversight of medical devices

The Consumers Union (CU) is hoping to close a loophole in the approvals of medical devices that allows them to be cleared for marketing in the United States with almost no government regulation, testing or monitoring. According to its mission statement, CU is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. CU also publishes the magazine Consumer Reports and the website ConsumerReports.org. Currently, medical devices considered moderate-risk, such as transvaginal mesh and artificial hips, are approved through an accelerated process that ... Read More