One Santa Fe woman told me that for her, the psychological effects while she had Mirena IUD were like multiplying a normal PMS set of symptoms by 100, and she eventually had it removed, then underwent a 2 year period of recuperation and gradual subsiding of the proven symptoms. Her OB GYN in Ohio, rather than recognizing that there must be an IUD problem and removing it, instead recommended prescriptions of Xanax and other anti-depressants. She was young, 26, and her family physician simply quickly removed it.
Another friend, who has strong Native genetic background, has worsened her reactions to the IUD that she said "fell out," yet still the residual hormones cause serious symptoms especially depressions, lower back pain, acne, and severe mood swings, worsened by drinking bouts, and make being a sole parent of a 3 year old even more trying and difficult, leading to a downward whirlpool of depression, which sometimes overcomes her talent and forward thinking abilities. At times, she successfully avoids drinking, but her reactions are worsened because of the lack of the Heptokinase enzyme in most native peoples that blocks the absorption of alcohol.
The two cases have led me to research and write this article.
According to Melissa Conrad Stoppler, M.D., a U.S. board-certified anatomic pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of experimental and molecular pathology, the most common effects of Mirena are "missed periods (amenorrhea), bleeding and spotting between periods, heavier bleeding during the first few weeks after device insertion, abdominal/pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, back pain, headache/migraine, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, bloating, breast tenderness or pain, weight gain, changes in hair growth, acne, depression, changes in mood, loss of interest in sex, itching or skin rash, and puffiness in the face, hands, ankles, or feet."
To allay any concerns about her credentials and to foil all of the potential corporate pooh-poohing of her concerns, we will point out that Dr. Stöppler served as an assistant professor of pathology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and has served on the medical faculty at the University of Marburg, Germany. Her research in the area of virus-induced cancers has been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as by private foundations.
This is Dr. Melissa Stoppler: click here
India and China seem to be the major manufacturing sources of levonorgestrel, the active ingredient in MIrena. One expert in public health recently informed me that butchered pigs ovaries were processed to make this chemical, and if that proves to true, imagine the devastating effects of these hormones coursing through the female body for five years!
This medication is also used in women to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure (e.g. broken condom) or unprotected sex. It is a progestin hormone that prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) and changing the womb and cervical mucus to make it more difficult for an egg to meet sperm (fertilization) or attach to the wall of the womb (implantation).
Both women in Santa Fe that prompted this shocking exploration suffered terribly. One ended the suffering by demanding that her IUD be removed. One continues to suffer, and even if her Mirena were removed months ago, the symptoms would take up to two years to dissipate.
According to the Mirena IUD Lawsuit Legal Center: a woman may suffer a myriad of Mirena-related injuries including: abscesses, uterine perforations, intestinal perforations or obstruction, embedment in the uterine wall, infertility, infection, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Between 1997 and 2012, approximately 45,000 Mirena complication reports were filed with the FDA by women who received the IUD, according to the agency's database.
Perhaps the most disturbing of the complications that may result from use of Mirena involves uterine punctures by the t-shaped, plastic device, causing patients to experience bloating, vomiting, lower abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding and other symptoms. Even scarier, the infections that may result from Mirena perforations may lead to diminished fertility or a woman's inability to conceive a child.
If you have similar concerns, please contact (888) 995-6117, to reach the Mirena IUD Lawsuit Legal Center.
There are numerous individual case histories on these IUD effects on the Internet, and some of the most eloquently frightening are found at the Circle of Moms website.