One alleged Mirena side effect is idiopathic intracranial hypertension ("IIH"), a serious brain disorder marked by increased pressure in the brain and central nervous system. The symptoms of IIH resemble those of a brain tumor, and it is sometimes known by the older name pseudotumor cerebri, which means “false brain tumor.” Say you had a Mirena implanted two years ago and recently began to experience headaches and blurred vision. Would you, or your doctor, associate those symptoms with Mirena? Not likely if you live in the U.S.
Plaintiffs in Mirena IIH litigation who have suffered optic nerve damage claim that this failure to warn prevented users and doctors from promptly recognizing the symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri or papilledema from Mirena. In several countries, including South Africa and Hong Kong, warning information provided by Bayer indicates that papilledema is a possible side effect of Mirena. But that same information was not provided to women in America or the U.S. medical community.
The Mirena website does warn people who have had pelvic infections, can get infections easily, have liver disease, breast cancer or are allergic to any of the products in the IUD not to use Mirena.
Of course that’s all very well, assuming you know that you do not have liver disease: the American Liver Foundation says that over 30 million people have liver disease; three-quarters of people infected with hepatitis C don't know they have it, and it is spreading rapidly amongst young people.
As for allergies, who gets tested for levonorgestrel, silicone, silica, silver, barium, iron oxide, or polyethylene, before having the Mirena implanted? And would your health insurance cover such allergy testing?
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A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman told Medtech Insight that the organization has seen a rise in use of IUDs at its clinics since the election of Donald Trump. Meanwhile, health care professionals may see a rise in patients complaining of Mirena complications, and headaches and vision problems. And Mirena attorneys will likely be filing more Mirena complaints…