According to WEWS-TV in Cleveland, more than 70,000 women have filed complaints with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD).
More than 2 million people currently use the birth control device in the U.S., which also limits heavy menstrual flow. However, WEWS reported that since 2008, 4,775 women have reported that the device dislocated in them, or became embedded in the uterus after its initial placement. The device is supposed to sit outside of the uterus, according to the FDA.
“I started getting severe pain,” said Sara, a mother of three who got a Mirena IUD three years ago, told WEWS. Sara eventually sought treatment at an emergency room because of the severe pain.
“They did an X-ray and saw that the IUD has completely perforated through my uterine wall and was just floating around in my abdomen,” Sarah said to WEWS. “It was horrible. I would never recommend it to anyone.”
The station reported that more than 100 lawsuits have been filed against the Mirena IUD manufacturer Bayer. In 2009, the FDA division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications (DDMAC) sent Bayer a warning letter about overstating the Mirena IUD’s benefits and understating its side effects.
Bayer declined to comment on the WEWS story on camera, instead releasing a statement defending the device.
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