Different forms of birth control have varying side effects and potential benefits for users. Individuals usually make a decision based on what will work best for their unique needs, as well as the recommendation of their physician.
For those who would prefer the protection of long-lasting birth control with minimal potential for human error, an intrauterine device, also known as an IUD, can be an optimal solution. Unlike many other forms of birth control that require daily maintenance, IUDs remain in place for years and have very little risk of user-related failure. Unlike pills, patches and other daily or weekly birth control, patients don’t have to worry about losing their insurance and not affording a prescription.
Unfortunately, while many women pick IUDs as their form of birth control because of how long they last, quite a few of them have their IUD removed early because of debilitating and even dangerous side effects.
Roughly two-thirds of Mirena users have the device removed early
Properly implanted in a woman of childbearing age, the Mirena IUD can offer over 99% protection from pregnancy for up to six years. Unfortunately, not all of the women who initially choose this form of birth control will be able to enjoy its protections for the full six years.
Instead, roughly 60% of Mirena users will find that the symptoms and side effects of the device are so severe that they have to remove it early. Many women experience intense cramping and even heavier menstrual cycles while using IUD. Improper sizing or placement can make the likelihood of worse periods and intense pain higher for some users.
IUDs can also threaten someone’s fertility and even their life
Mirena IUDs have a correlation with infections that, if left untreated, could cause sterility or other medical issues for users. There have also been reports of uterine punctures as a result of an IUD installation.
If a Mirena IUD tears or perforates the uterus, it can drastically impact a woman’s future fertility. In some cases, there may be expensive medical care necessary simply to recover from the failure of a Mirena IUD. Those with medical costs because of defective medical devices may have the right to speak compensation in certain circumstances.