Contraception Study Looks at Mirena Perforation, Ectopic Pregnancy in Women
A study recently published in the medical journal Contraception looks at the likelihood of IUD perforation, ectopic pregnancy and other complications that have been alleged in Mirena lawsuits.
The research, which compared levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs to those made of copper, was published earlier in February and included 61,000 women from six different countries. Entitled the European Active Surveillance Study for Intrauterine Devices, this was the largest study involving the intrauterine contraceptive devices, according to Contraception. 70 percent of the women used Mirena, while the rest were tested on the Cu-IUD, between 2006 and 2013. Here’s what they found: the IUDs reportedly punctured the uteruses of 61 individuals on Mirena, and 20 of those on the other implant.
Researchers also looked at the risk for ectopic pregnancy. 118 women became pregnant on either implant, and 21 were ectopic. Seven of these women had been using Mirena, according to the study’s authors, who later found that perforation may depend on a number of risk factors. Breastfeeding was listed as one, particularly within the first 36 week of delivery. The study tracked a total of 81 instances of perforation in copper IUD and Mirena users.
Mirena IUD Lawsuits Allege Perforation, Unwanted Pregnancy
Although the Contraception study suggests that ectopic pregnancy and perforation are infrequently experienced by by Mirena users, plaintiffs in thousands of lawsuits now filed over the IUD would likely disagree. A number of these claims have been centralized in a U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, where a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) is underway. These lawsuits similarly accuse Bayer Healthcare of failing to warn about the risk for its device to spontaneously migrate away from the uterus and into other parts of the body. As of January 15, a total of 1,160 cases had been filed in this proceeding.
Similar allegations have also been made in lawsuits filed at the state court level, in a consolidated litigation that is continuing to progress in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. There, 1,682 claims were pending as of January 28, 2015. The Mirena IUD was approved in 2000 as a contraceptive, and was cleared for additional use in treating heavy menstrual bleeding nine years later by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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