A health researcher in Brooklyn has begun selling earrings made out of Mirena intrauterine devices (IUDs) in order to increase discussion about the controversial birth control. The earrings, which are made out of the device, copper and other materials, are sold along with other birth control-related jewelry on an online craft retail site.
The Mirena IUD is used by approximately 2 million American women. Despite the prevalence of the device, many doctors and patients are concerned with the lack of research associated with the Mirena IUD, including research into Mirena side effects. Devices similar to the Mirena date back to the 1970s, though many of those early forms of birth control were found to carry increased risks of complications.
More than 70,000 Mirena IUD complaints have been filed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alleging that the device caused injuries. Mirena IUD birth control side effects include tissue damage, pain, internal bleeding, ectopic pregnancy and device migration when the Mirena perforates the uterus and travels to other organs.