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22-year old’s Mirena warning goes viral on Facebook

September 10th, 2015

A 22-year old’s post about the dangers of the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) on Facebook has gone viral, being shared more than 1 million times. Samantha Yoakum shared her story of Mirena side effects and received over 70,000 messages and comments of support and similar stories. Yoakum received a Mirena device 6 weeks after giving birth at the urging of… read more »

Washington school offering IUDs to girls without parental consent

August 30th, 2015

A health policy in Washington allows girls as young as 11 to receive free intrauterine devices (IUDs) for long-term birth control without seeking consent of parents. The program, labeled “Take Charge,” has stirred up concerns from parents about the health and safety risks of giving IUDs to children. While the program benefits girls who do not have health insurance, it… read more »

Santa Fe doctor under fire for purchasing unapproved IUD devices

August 30th, 2015

A Santa Fe doctor is being investigated for allegedly purchasing intrauterine devices that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from a Canadian website and failing to tell her patients. Doctor Barbara Van Eeckhout reportedly bought cheaper products that were marked as a Mirena IUD but in fact were not. Van Eeckhout is not the first doctor… read more »

Mirena side effects continue to plague patients

May 29th, 2015

Severe Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) side effects continue to plague patients who received the device in hopes of simplifying birth control. Doctors have warned of multiple complications, including depression, mood swings, acne, back pain, uterine cysts and uterine perforations leading to internal bleeding and tissue damage. Bayer Pharmaceuticals has already been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… read more »

Former Bayer employee who blew whistle on fraud fighting to get job back

April 17th, 2015

A former Bayer employee who reported a doctor’s medical fraud in 2009 is still fighting to get his job back. Mike Townsend says Bayer refused to blow the whistle on one of its top clients, and then fired him when he chose to report the client for health care fraud. Townsend was a pharmaceutical representative for Bayer, selling the company’s… read more »

Rhode Island medical practices were using unapproved Mirena devices

April 1st, 2015

Seven Rhode Island medical practices reached an intrauterine device (IUD) settlement with more than 700 women after they installed unapproved versions of the Mirena IUD. The practices will pay over $5 million, and roughly $3,800 to each woman who received an unapproved birth control device believing it was an IUD approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Mirena… read more »

Woman creating Mirena earrings to increase discussion

March 27th, 2015

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… read more »

Study confirms link between ectopic pregnancy and IUDs

March 27th, 2015

A study published in PLOS One has reinforced the link between intrauterine devices such as the Mirena IUD and ectopic pregnancy. While women who used birth control pills showed a decreased risk of ectopic pregnancy, there was an increased risk in ectopic pregnancy among women who used IUDs. Mirena IUD and other IUD ectopic pregnancies were particularly present when the… read more »

Side effects could clue Mirena malfunction

March 20th, 2015

Several side effects may help clue women who receive a Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) to the device’s failure. The birth control device contains an artificial hormone, lasts up to 5 years after insertion and has been linked to several severe complications. Early Mirena side effects reported by women include clumpy hair loss, weight gain, fatigue and painful intercourse. These and… read more »

Mirena expulsion could occur in up to 10% of women

March 13th, 2015

Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) expulsion could occur in up to 10% of women who use it, according to doctors. Other women could experience device migration, which occurs when the birth control device perforates the uterus and travels to other parts of the body, often causing severe complications. The Mirena IUD is used by about 2 million American women, more than… read more »

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