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New hormonal IUD enters the market

March 6th, 2015

A new hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) called Liletta has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Similar to the Mirena IUD, Liletta is inserted into the uterus and releases doses of the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. Birth control IUDs such as the Mirena IUD have come under scrutiny after thousands of… read more »

Colorado may use tax money to fund IUD program

February 23rd, 2015

A Colorado state proposal may use $5 million worth of taxpayer money to buy long-term birth control such as the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) for low-income women. Opponents of the plan argue that the IUD could be potentially unsafe for the women who already lack access to healthcare. As many as 2 million American women use the Mirena IUD annually.… read more »

Statute of limitation ruling good news for Mirena victims

January 16th, 2015

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the two-year statute of limitations to file a Mirena lawsuit begins after a patient has sufficient information to associate Mirena side effects with a potential tort, not two years after side effects appear as device manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals had argued. The ruling means that patients who were injured by their Mirena intrauterine device (IUD)… read more »

Age could affect IUD expulsion rates

January 16th, 2015

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.… read more »

Estrogen products such as IUD may spike blood clot risk

December 19th, 2014

Birth control that contains artificial hormones and synthetic estrogen can lead to an increased risk of blood clots, according to researchers. Leading products that contain artificial hormones include birth control pills as well as devices such as the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), which releases a synthetic hormone called progestin.   Birth control blood clots have become a serious concern for… read more »

Concerns accompany growth of IUD use

December 12th, 2014

Roughly 2 million American women, or 10% of birth control users, use the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control. That growing number brings concerns, according to some health experts who worry not enough information about Mirena IUD side effects is available to make decisions.   Heather Boonstra, director of public policy at the Guttmacher Institute, notes that neither patients… read more »

IUDs could lead to an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis development

December 5th, 2014

A new study has found that women who are at an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could elevate risks of developing RA if they use intrauterine devices such as the Mirena IUD. The study found that oral contraceptives reduced body levels of an arthritis-inducing serum known as ACPA, while an IUD birth control device increased those levels.   Adjusted… read more »

Doctor explains why he would not recommend IUD for teenagers

November 21st, 2014

Popular news contributor Doctor Manny Alvarez has spoken out against the intrauterine device (IUD) as a means of birth control for teenagers, citing side effects as a cause for concern. The Mirena IUD, the top-selling IUD in the U.S., has been the subject of tens of thousands of complaints from women who allege the device is causing serious complications.  … read more »

New male birth control could provide alternative to potentially unsafe IUDs

October 17th, 2014

A new injectable form of male birth control could provide an alternative method to couples who want to avoid potentially unsafe birth control, such as the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD). The one-time injection, called Vasalgel, is long-term but reversible, and does not contain any hormones, unlike the Mirena IUD.   Vasalgel consists of a polymer contraceptive injected directly into the… read more »

Generic version of Mirena IUD to hit market in February

October 10th, 2014

A generic version of the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) will likely be on the market by February 2015, according to doctors at the University of Cincinnati. The Mirena IUD is a hormonal birth control device manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and has recently come under fire after thousands of patients have complained of Mirena side effects.   The Mirena IUD, which… read more »

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