Definition - What does Mirena mean?

Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) which contains the hormone levonorgestrel, a progestin birth control hormone. This hormone is gradually released in the woman’s body, reducing the risk of pregnancy for up to five years. Mirena has also been approved for use by women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding.

Despite the popularity of Mirena and other IUDs, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received complaints and reports of the dangers of Mirena, including movement of the device, pelvic inflammation, and possible uterus perforation.

Justipedia explains Mirena

What Is It?

Manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Mirena is a flexible, plastic, t-shaped device which is inserted by a trained doctor into the uterus of a woman. This device periodically releases a hormone which causes several changes in the lining of the cervix and uterus. These changes decrease the ability of the egg to attach to the women’s uterine wall and the sperm to reach the uterus.

Mirena, like other IUDs, has become one of the most popular birth control methods used by women throughout the world. Not only is Mirena 99% effective at reducing the risk of pregnancy, it also eliminates the hassle of taking a pill each day.

Concerns About Mirena

Bayer Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest, most well-established healthcare companies in the world. They are most famous for selling medications such as Bayer aspirin and common, non-prescription medications such as Alka-Seltzer.

Although Bayer has a solid reputation for manufacturing and producing good products, Mirena has come under fire by users who claim the Mirena IUD may cause serious side-effects. Lawsuits have been filed by more than 2,000 users in state and federal courts who claim that Bayer Pharmaceuticals failed in their legal duty to warn them about the dangers of Mirena, and that Bayer Pharmaceuticals overstated the benefits of their product.

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