The controversial intrauterine device (IUD) Mirena® remains available despite the potential for serious risks associated with the contraceptive.
Approximately 15 million women worldwide have used Mirena, and doctors have prescribed the IUD to more than 2 million women in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has compiled some 47,000 complaints about complications associated with the potentially dangerous birth control device.
The most recent FDA report states that over 5,000 of these cases involved dislocation of the device, and over 1,400 involved migration of the device. In addition, over 6 percent of individuals reporting problems with Mirena required hospitalization or surgery to remove the IUD. Some women have been left with infertility problems or intestinal injuries as a result of these surgeries. Bayer reports that about 1 in 1,000 women using Mirena could suffer from these injuries.
Other side effects include:
The FDA has warned Bayer numerous times since 2009 for failing to report the safety risks associated with Mirena.