WHAT IS MIRENA?
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Mirena is a plastic, T-shaped hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that has been marketed as an efficient, long-term birth control that is safe for women of all premenopausal ages. It is also referred to by its producers as a contraceptive free from the nasty side effects of estrogen-based birth control methods.Once inserted into the uterus, Mirena prevents pregnancy in two ways: by thickening the mucus in the cervix to stop sperm from being able to reach and fertilize the egg, and by thinning the lining of the uterus to partially suppress ovulation. Once inserted, the Mirena IUD is supposed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
Mirena is Commonly Prescribed for:
The Mirena device can be used by women of all ages before reaching menopause. Because of this, the IUD is prescribed for a variety of reasons including:
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Managing Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Managing Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Treating Pain Associated with Periods
- Protecting Uterine Lining During Hormone Therapy
How Mirena is Inserted?
Before Mirena can be put in place, a physician will typically evaluate the overall health of his or her patient. The health evaluation generally includes a pelvic exam and, when necessary, STD screening. After being cleared for IUD insertion the procedure will most likely take place in the physician’s clinic, where instruments may be used to align the cervical canal and uterine cavity. Most health care providers also measure the depth of the patient’s uterine cavity to ensure correct placement of Mirena. Next, the doctor will place the device inside of an applicator tube, and insert it into the cervical canal. Once Mirena is placed into the uterus, the applicator is removed. If necessary, the IUD strings will then be trimmed to avoid excess protrusion into the vagina.
Best Time for Insertion of Mirena is:
- Within seven days of a period ending (this is the most optimal time because of the certainty that the patient is not pregnant, and the cervix is dilated at this time)
- Six weeks after giving birth
- Immediately after termination of a pregnancy
After the Procedure
About a month after placing the device, a follow-up examination may be necessary to ensure no complications have arose. If she feels that the strings are further into the vagina, or can no longer feel them at all, this could mean that the IUD has migrated. If a patient believes that the product has moved, she is advised to see her doctor as soon as possible for an exam, and if necessary, complete removal of Mirena. After receiving IUD Mirena, women are encouraged to feel for the strings one a month to guarantee the device is not migrating.
During/Immediately Following Procedure:
- Below Average Heart Rate
- Perforation of the Uterus
After Getting Mirena:
- Cognitive issues such as memory loss
- Pelvic/Back Pain
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Migration of the IUD
- Perforation of the Uterus
Other Complications to Mirena:
- A pelvic infection
- Inflammation of the endometrium (endometritis)
- Endometrial or cervical cancer
- Possible exposure to an STI
- Pelvic pain or pain during sex
- Severe migraines
- Significant increase in blood pressure
- Having a stroke or heart attack
Complications from IUDs are More Likely to Occur to Women who:
- Have never been pregnant
- Have heavy or prolonged periods
- Have severe menstrual pain
- Have a history of expelling IUDs
- Are younger than 20 years old
- Had Mirena inserted immediately after childbirth
- Have a history of infections
Statistics on Mirena
Since 2004, approximately 47,000 users have reported negative side effects from the IUD
Bayer (Mirena company) offered to settle 4,600 perforation cases in 2017 for $12.2 million
Have You Been Affected By Mirena?
Have you or a loved one been negatively affected after receiving the Mirena IUD? We can help. Murphy Law Firm has an experienced team of lawyers best suited to help you. In addition to getting you the compensation you deserve, our lawyers can also connect you with the doctors and specialists you may need. Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 or come in today for your free consultation.