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Mirena and its impact on quality of life

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Recently, the post-operative safety of levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine systems (LNG-IUS), such as Mirena, with LNG-IUS migration being the primary concern.  Aside from common surgical complications, there have been numerous Mirena lawsuits filed because of the suffering caused by Mirena migration.  Another possible side-effect of LNG-IUS use is the reduction of menstrual bleeding; often times deemed a positive… Continue Reading

Surgical Management of IUD Migration

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An article from Ronit Haimov-Kochman et. al. studied the effects of levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine systems (LNG-IUS), such as Mirena, on the plasma LNG levels of patients who have received LNG-IUSs.  The study aimed at determining if the plasma LNG levels were significantly higher in women who received the device only to later have it removed due… Continue Reading

IUD Requires Surgical Removal

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Mirena migration is known to be a serious complication soon after or even years after insertion of a Mirena device.  The symptoms of such migration include intense abdominal pain, internal hemorrhaging, and organ damage. A recent study from Arie Bitterman et. al. discussed the method of laparoscopic removal of IUDs that have migrated to the extent of… Continue Reading

Cancer Linked to Mirena Use

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While levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine systems, such as Bayer Pharmaceutical’s Mirena®, are commonly considered the most effective intrauterine contraceptive, devices such as Mirena® also pose a serious threat to their users.  Consequently, Mirena® lawsuits are often filed after complications arise due to improper insertion of the contraceptive such as uterine perforation, migration, and ectopic pregnancy.  However, a… Continue Reading

Intrauterine Contraceptive Device Migration

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A recent article published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics has shown that intrauterine contraceptive devices such as Mirena® inserted by those without adequate training and certification are more likely to perforate the uterus and migrate to the abdomen.  While this may seem intuitive, it is a potentially-important consideration, given the increasing problem of IUD migration. … Continue Reading

Reuters – “Judge calls for female lawyers on plaintiffs’ committee in Mirena MDL”

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As reported by Reuters, a New York judge overseeing a number of lawsuits filed against Bayer AG due to improper warnings about the danger of the Mirena® intrauterine contraceptive device, has asked that a committee of plaintiffs filing the lawsuits include more female lawyers, “given the nature of the litigation.”[1] The current lawsuits against Bayer… Continue Reading

FDA Requires Warning Label Update for Mirena

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In May of 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration required that the warning label for Bayer Pharmaceutical’s Mirena intrauterine contraceptive device be updated to include information regarding the risk for uterine perforation and Mirena migration as a result of then-recent research. Read the FDA-mandated warning update for Mirena here. Currently, Mirena is the world’s most popular intrauterine… Continue Reading

Migrated Mirena Device Tears into Colon

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In 2010, Dr.’s Angie R. Taras and Jedediah A. Kaufman published an article titled “Laparoscopic Retrieval of Intrauterine Device Perforating the Sigmoid Colon,” a piece that reviews the case of a woman in whom an intrauterine contraceptive device tore through the uterine wall and entered the abdominal cavity where it perforated (tore into) the wall… Continue Reading

Mirena Removal Methods After Migration Reviewed in 37 Women

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Published in the March 2012 edition of Contraception, an article titled “Ultrasound-guided hysteroscopy to remove a levonorgestrel intrauterine system in early pregnancy” by medical researcher Elizabeth A. McCarthy et al. reviews the efficacy of ultrasound-guided laparoscopy in the removal of migrated intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs).[1] Uterine perforation caused by intrauterine contraceptive devices is a rare, but serious… Continue Reading

Mirena Device Punctures Wall of Colon

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Recently, a Korean medical research team lead by Jung Min Park published an article describing the case of a woman in whom her levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) perforated the uterine wall, migrated to the abdomen, and penetrated the wall of the descending colon.[1] This woman was 42 years old when she came to the hospital… Continue Reading

Mirena Device Migrates to the Pelvis after Tearing the Uterus

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In 2012, medical researchers Jashoman Banerjee et al. reported upon the unfortunate case of a woman in whom a Mirena® intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) tore (perforated) the uterine wall and migrated to the left side of the pelvis.[1] This woman was 35 years old when her annual checkup with gynecologist could not locate the removal… Continue Reading

Two Mirena Devices Migrate in Young Woman

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Recently, an article was published in The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care detailing the case of a woman in whom two intrauterine contraceptive devices were found to have perforated (torn) the uterine wall and migrated to the abdominal cavity.[1] This woman, 37 years old at the time of her presentation to doctors… Continue Reading

Three Cases of Mirena Migration Reported Together

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An article published by Mohammad S. Mahmoud and Zaher O. Merhi of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, respectively, titled “Computed tomography-assisted laparoscopic removal of intraabdominally migrated levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine systems” describes how the use of computed tomography (CT) scans can be useful in… Continue Reading

Mirena IUD Migrates to Abdomen

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The article, aptly titled “Incidental finding of an intrauterine device in the sigmoid colon,” details the case of a 53-year-old woman who had used her IUD for nine years before it was discovered outside of her uterus.[1]  For eight years prior to the discovery of her migrated IUD, the woman discussed here had suffered from… Continue Reading

Two Mirena IUDs Migrate in Healthy Woman

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In 2008, two Israeli doctors, Avi Tsafrir and Vladimir Plotkin described the case of a woman in whom two migrated Mirena® intrauterine contraceptive devices were found, one having been thought expelled years earlier.[1]  The article, titled “One intrauterine device lost, two found” was published in Fertility and Sterility.  Here is the original Mirena® migration research…. Continue Reading

Mirena Device Migrates to Abdomen, Punctures Colon

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An article published in a 2005 edition of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology details the case of a woman in whom an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) completely perforated the uterine wall, entered the abdominal cavity, and punctured the wall of the sigmoid colon.[1] This woman, aged 27-years, had used an intrauterine contraceptive since the… Continue Reading

Mirena IUD Migrates to Abdomen

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In 2009, medical researchers Swati Deshmukh et al. reported on the case of a 23-year-old woman in whom her intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) perforated (tore) the uterine wall and migrated into her abdomen.[1] Beginning the article, the authors cite that “Uterine perforation is an uncommon complication of intrauterine devices (IUDs).  Perforating IUDs can migrate to… Continue Reading

Mirena Migration Requires Surgery to Correct

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A recent article by Dr. George A. Vilos et al. published in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology titled “Algorithm for Nonvisible Strings of Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System” reviews the case of a 27-year-old woman in whom a Mirena® IUD perforated (tore) the uterine wall and entered the pelvic cavity. Though rare, uterine perforation caused by… Continue Reading

Migrated Mirena Device Punctures Wall of Colon

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Published in 2003, an article by Dr. Mete Güngör et al. describes a case of extrauterine migration of an intrauterine contraceptive device.  Migration of an intrauterine contraceptive device is a rare but very serious condition, and almost always requires surgery to correct, depending on the location to which the device has migrated. In this case,… Continue Reading

2009 – Mirena Migration Requires Surgery to Correct

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In 2009, an article was published by medical researchers B. Thirumagal et al. in International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics describing a proposed system of patient management for an asymptomatic woman in whom a Mirena® intrauterine contraceptive device had migrated outside of the uterus after tearing through the uterine wall. This woman was 39 at… Continue Reading

Mirena Migrates in Healthy Woman

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In one 2010 edition of the medical journal Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, the “Case of the Month” presented was that of a 38-year-old woman, in whom her intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) perforated the uterine wall and migrated to the descending sigmoid colon. The authors, Dr. Donald H. Taves et al. describe the case of… Continue Reading

2010 – IUD Migration Documented in 28-year-old Woman

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Uterine perforation – the tearing of the uterus, is a rare and dangerous possible complication of intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) use.  Approximately 2.6 of every 1000 IUD insertions results in uterine perforation.  Sometimes, when the uterine wall is heavily perforated, an intrauterine contraceptive device may migrate (move) out of the uterus and into the abdominal… Continue Reading

2011 – “The case of the lost Mirena”

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Published in a 2011 edition of Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, an article titled “The case of the lost Mirena” by medical researchers Tsimpanakos et al. describes the case of a 42-year-old woman in whom a Mirena® IUD migrated to her right hemipelvis.[1] This woman had used an IUD for one year before she discovered… Continue Reading

IUD Migration in 24-year-old Woman

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While intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) remain a popular, effective means of long-term hormonal contraception, these devices do not come without significant risk for dangerous side-effects, such as uterine perforation and IUD translocation (migration).  Currently, the world’s most popular intrauterine contraceptive device is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. under the brand name Mirena®, a device that… Continue Reading