A new study published by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology has found that age could be a factor in birth control intrauterine device (IUD) expulsion. The study involved more than 5,400 women who used both copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs such as the Mirena IUD. More than 10% of women had an involuntary IUD expulsion within 3 years.
Women aged 14 to 19 were more likely to have an IUD expulsion than older women by nearly double the rate. Expulsion is one of several outcomes that could lead to Mirena IUD side effects, including pain, tissue damage and ectopic pregnancy.
Millions of women use IUDs for birth control, with more than 2 million women using the Mirena IUD alone. More than 70,000 women have filed Mirena IUD side effects complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alleging that the device caused severe complications. Manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals is facing tens of thousands of Mirena lawsuits alleging that the company released a defective device.