Birth control IUDs, like one named in Mirena lawsuit claims, have been hailed some experts for their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, who now consider them the most reliable option for adolescents, according to Philly.com.

In an editorial published on May 25th, a doctor from the Crozer-Keystone Health System said that adolescents should be recommended intrauterine birth control devices, given the high rate of teen pregnancy. She spoke about her recent experience attending the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology’s annual meeting, where experts said IUDs should be considered a “first-line” contraceptive option for younger women. They may be especially beneficial for teens that are sexually active but may not remember to take their birth control pill each day, or use a condom correctly, she said, before adding that about half of teenagers have sex by their high school graduation, and three in 10 get pregnant before turning 20.

“Between school, texting, sports, homework, meals, texting, friends, Facebook, texting, music, and sometimes sleeping, our teens R 2 BZ! So many fail to use contraceptives correctly,” she said.

The Philly.com article then points to a study of birth control pill users, which found that a quarter of women between 14 and 17 years of age missed two or more pills each cycle.

IUD Studies Tout Benefits, Fail to Note Risks of Mirena Perforation, Removal

The results of another study showed less than one percent of 7,500 sexually active women becoming pregnant after taking a long-acting contraceptive. Taken over a three-year period, the research looked at data from individuals aged 14 to 45, and found a 20 percent increase in the reliability of intrauterine devices like Mirena, compared to birth control pills, or the patch or ring. Less than 1 percent of women using long-acting birth control devices became pregnant within a year, research found.

But what about the side effects some women may experience while taking Mirena and other IUDs? According to hundreds of lawsuits filed in federal and state courts throughout the U.S., this particular device has the potential to migrate away from the uterine wall and into other parts of the body, causing uterine perforations and other side effects requiring device removal surgery.

Pursue a Mirena Lawsuit

If you experienced spontaneous IUD migration, or another side effect allegedly associated with Mirena, contact our Firm to learn more about filing a lawsuit. Speak with a lawyer directly to have your questions answered at (877) 779-1414.

Published June 11, 2014 by