- Liletta IUD
- Liletta Dosage
- Liletta Insertion
- Liletta Side Effects
- Liletta Interactions
- Liletta Pros and Cons
- How Much Does Liletta Cost?
- Liletta Reviews
- Final Word
- Which Types of Birth Control Don’t Cause Weight Gain
- Ways to prevent weight gain include:
- Implants (such as Nexplanon):
- Hormonal IUDs (such as Mirena, Liletta):
- The Shot (such as Depo-Provera):
- The pill (various brands):
- The patch (such as Xulane):
- The ring (such as Nuvaring):
- When To See A Doctor
- Talk to an Alpha Doctor or Nurse Practitioner Today
- There are 2 FDA-approved types
- Misconceptions abound
- The many benefits of IUDs
- But there are potential cons too
- Factors to help you decide
- Risks of Hormonal Birth Control: Liletta IUD Lawsuit
- Depo-Provera Shots
- Liletta and IUDs
- Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Linked to Depo-Provera, Lilleta, and IUDs
- Contact a Drug Injury Attorney Today
- Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Major Levonorgestrel Side Effects
- Mirena Birth Control Device
- Levonorgestrel Side Effects
- Filing a Mirena Pseudotumor Lawsuit
The Liletta IUD is a levonorgestrel-releasing hormonal intrauterine device. It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. That means fewer than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant.
It’s important to point out that it does not protect against HIV and other STIs. For this reason, it’s important to practice safe sex with a non-hormonal barrier contraceptive such as a condom or a female condom.
The Liletta IUD can be inserted into the uterus for up to three years, offering women a convenient, long-term, reversible birth control option.
The Liletta IUD can be removed any time during this three year period. And because it’s a reversible form of long-acting birth control, you can become pregnant as soon as it’s removed. According to Liletta’s website, about 5 out of 6 women who are trying to get pregnant will conceive a child sometime within the first year after the Liletta IUD is removed.
The Liletta IUD is a small, plastic, flexible T-shaped device that slowly releases 19 mg of levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone, every day into the uterus for the first year. The Liletta dosage doesn’t contain any estrogen, making it safe for women who cannot be on estrogen-based hormonal contraceptives.
The IUD primarily has a localized effect on the uterus; however, it’s important to note that only a small amount of the levonorgestrel hormone enters your bloodstream.
Like other hormonal IUDs, the Liletta IUD prevents pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus and blocking sperm.
The Liletta IUD is inserted by a healthcare practitioner and can be done during a routine visit. It does not involve surgery and can be inserted within minutes.
Before insertion, you will typically schedule an appointment with your doctor to ensure this IUD is right for you.
During your visit for insertion, your healthcare provider will do the following:
- Examine your pelvis to find the position of your uterus
- Prepare your uterus and vagina by applying solution to your vagina and cervix
- Insert the Liletta IUD into your uterus through your vagina and cervix
- Properly position the IUD in your uterus
- Remove the plastic inserter, leaving the Liletta IUD in your uterus
- Trim the IUD’s threads to an appropriate length
During insertion, you might feel some pain and discomfort. After insertion, you might still experience some pain as well as bleeding and/or dizziness. If these symptoms persist beyond 30 minutes, inform your doctor as the Liletta IUD may not be placed correctly.
It’s also important to check that the Liletta IUD is properly positioned. This should be done every month, typically after your period. You can do this by feeling the threads.
Before you check, ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water. Then, with clean hands, you will need to reach up to the top of your vagina and feel the threads.
Note that these threads don’t extend outside of the vagina. It’s also important to never pull on the threads as it can displace the IUD. Be sure to speak with your doctor about how to properly check the position.
If you feel more than just the threads, or if you cannot feel them at all, the Liletta IUD may not be in the right position to prevent pregnancy. In this event, use non-hormonal backup birth control and schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider immediately.
Liletta Side Effects
While the Liletta IUD is safe to use, some women may experience these common Liletta side effects:
- Long or heavy periods
- Light or no periods
- Mood swings
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Pelvic pain or discomfort
- Bleeding and spotting within the first 3 to 6 months
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight gain
- Tender breasts or pain
- Anxiety or depression
- Yeast infections
- Vaginal bacterial infections
- Pain or discomfort during sex
Although not common, some serious Liletta side effects include:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease or endometritis
- Ovarian cysts
- Life-threatening infection
If you experience any of these serious Liletta side effects, consult with your doctor immediately.
The Liletta IUD is meant to be used as the sole method of contraception and should not be taken alongside other hormonal birth control methods.
Before you get this IUD, it’s important to let your doctor know about all of the medications you are currently taking. This includes prescription, non-prescription, herbal, and recreational or illegal drugs. You should also advise your doctor about any dietary supplements you are taking.
No drug-drug interaction studies have been conducted with Liletta until now. Having said this, the Liletta IUD is meant to release levonorgestrel into the uterine cavity only. With this in mind, it’s unlikely that any adverse Liletta interactions can occur. However, it’s still important to consult with your doctor to determine the safety of the IUD for you.
Liletta Pros and Cons
When opting for a birth control option, it’s important to consider all of the facts before making a decision. Here’s a breakdown of the Liletta pros and cons to help you determine if this IUD is right for you.
Pros of the Liletta IUD
- Long-term, reversible birth control option
- Helpful for family planning
- Safe for mothers who are breastfeeding
- Over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
- Unlike the pill, it doesn’t need to be taken daily
Cons of the Liletta IUD
- Can experience mild to severe side effects
- Can be costly if uninsured and ineligible for savings programs
- Unsafe for women who have or have had breast cancer
- Cannot be used as emergency contraception
- Unsafe for women who can get infections easily
How Much Does Liletta Cost?
When considering a Liletta IUD, the first step is to check with your insurance provider to see if they cover the insertion and removal of IUDs, along with the IUD itself.
When calling your insurance provider, advise them that the Liletta IUD is a healthcare provider-administered method of birth control. You should also ask them if the IUD is covered under the Affordable Care Act.
They will also likely ask you for a code. The one you can provide, per Liletta’s website, is J7297.
If you have out-of-pocket expenses that are greater than $75, check to see if you’re eligible for the Liletta Patient Savings Program. Note that patients who are eligible will have a maximum savings limit of $500. The program also does not cover the insertion or other costs aside from the IUD itself.
Without insurance, the Liletta IUD can cost up to $684.
Based on 250 reviews on Drugs.com, the Liletta IUD got a 6 out of 10 rating, or 3 out of 5 stars.
Overall, Liletta reviews are mixed. The most common complaint is that the insertion was very painful. Other women have also mentioned that the IUD brought about a decrease in sex drive and irregular or heavy periods.
However, there are also several positive reviews. Some women mentioned that they have suffered little to no side effects while on the Liletta IUD, but have recommended that people do their own research before getting the IUD inserted.
If you find that the Liletta IUD is not suitable for you, learn more about the Mirena IUD and the Skyla IUD. If you don’t prefer an IUD, learn more about the many other birth control options available.
Which Types of Birth Control Don’t Cause Weight Gain
Weight gain is a dreaded topic for most women. Whether it’s always been a struggle, or a recent life event has caused you to start packing on the pounds, most women experience weight issues at some point in their lives. It’s even harder to understand why the weight gain is happening. Common sense will tell you it’s because you’re eating more food than you’re burning off, but it’s really not that simple.
Hormones, organ health, and underlying illnesses all play a role in how your body metabolizes and burns off energy. Depending on your individual health, you may be gaining weight for any number of reasons. If you’re gaining weight, or afraid of doing so, it makes sense that you wouldn’t want to do anything that might exacerbate the issue. Many women believe that specific types of birth control cause weight gain or weight loss. There have been various studies conducted with regard to this, but scientists have seen no direct correlation between birth control and weight gain or weight loss. That being said, change in hormones and diet can definitely contribute to change in weight and some amount of anxiety around starting a new birth control is understandable.
The good news is that not all birth controls cause weight gain and birth control isn’t proven to cause weight gain. However, birth control can indeed impact fluid retention, muscle gain, and body fat percentage, and these in turn could affect perceived overall body weight. On the other hand, weight gain attributed to birth control can actually be caused by changes in lifestyle.
While it’s important to consider whether your birth control is causing your weight gain, you should also be aware of common methods to control your own weight.
Ways to prevent weight gain include:
- Exercise – at least 30 minutes of exercise every day of the week
- Hydration – helps reduce bloating and thirst-related hunger
- Calorie control – reduce the amount of sodium in your diet (because it can cause bloating) and watch your serving sizes in general
- Nutrition – eat more whole foods, less processed foods, more nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, and nuts
With that being said, different types of birth control can each may have varying effects on body weight. Let’s examine them below:
Implants (such as Nexplanon):
Scientists are unclear whether the implant contributes to weight gain. Some studies show that after a year, the implant causes 0.1 kg (0.22 lbs) in weight gain, which was similar to the weight gained by people using a copper IUD (1). Apparently implant users also showed no significant difference in body fat percentage after one year compared to copper IUD users (1). A different study showed that implant users gained more weight than copper IUD users, 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs), after a year of use, but this was only when data from all races was combined (2). When the participants were separated based on race, there was no difference in weight gain between implant and copper IUD users (2).
Hormonal IUDs (such as Mirena, Liletta):
Hormonal IUDs don’t seem to cause weight gain, but might result in increased body fat. Several studies show that hormonal IUDs cause a weight gain of 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) to 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) after one year of use, similar to the weight gained by copper IUD users (1-4).
After 10 years of continuous use, hormonal IUD users had gained an average of 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs), which was no different than the amount of weight gained by people who had been using the copper IUD for 10 years (2). Keep in mind, however, that people not on birth control will also gain weight as they age, as a result of natural processes unrelated to birth control. Body fat percentage results are mixed: one study showed no increase in body fat after a year of hormonal IUD use (1) while another did find an increase (4).
Other hormonal IUDs such as Kyleena, Jaydess, or Skyla have lower doses of progestin than Mirena or Liletta, but changes in weight on these particular types of IUDs have not been well studied.
The Shot (such as Depo-Provera):
Some studies suggest the shot causes weight gain while others show no proof of weight change attributable to the shot. Longitudinal studies even yield mixed results. In one study spanning 10 years, users gained 6.5 kg (14.3 lbs), more than the weight gained by copper IUD users (3). In another study, however, users gained 9.5 kg (20.9 lbs) over the 10-year period, which was the same as the weight gained by copper IUD users in that study (7).
We must remember that many, many other factors are at play when considering body fat percentage or overall weight. Race, socioeconomic status, and job type all affect our diet, frequency / intensity of exercise, hours of sleep, etc. So many different forces affect our body weight that it is very difficult to singularly accredit birth control (in any form) with particular weight gain.
Then again, research appears even to suggest that combined hormonal contraceptives such as the pill, patch, and ring do not cause weight gain:
The pill (various brands):
After six months of using the pill, participants in two studies did not gain any more weight than people who weren’t using any kind of birth control (8,9), gaining 0.88 kg (1.94 lbs) on average (8). Pill users also didn’t show changes in body fat after six months (9) or a year (10). Among pill users, 10 out of 100 gained more than 7% of their body weight in one year of use, and 5 out of 100 lost more than 7% of their body weight (11).
The patch (such as Xulane):
The ring (such as Nuvaring):
After a year, people using the ring gained 0.4 kg (0.88 lbs), which was the same weight gained by people using the pill (10). There was also no difference in body fat among Nuvaring users after a year (10). For ring users, 8 out of 100 people gained more than 7% of their body weight after a year, and 7 out of 100 people lost more than 7% of their body weight (11).
Of course, we must remember that these numbers are just averages. Some people in these studies gained weight while others lost weight. Some people may be more prone to gaining weight on birth control than others. If you are in your 20s or 30s and experience weight gain and acne and/or male pattern hair growth, you should talk to a doctor about a medical condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Additional research is needed to fully understand how and why different types of birth control cause weight gain in some, but not others.
When To See A Doctor
If you are taking hormonal birth control and experience any of the below side effects, you should speak to a doctor immediately:
- abdominal or stomach pain
- chest pain, shortness of breath, or both
- severe headaches
- eye problems such as blurred vision or loss of vision
- swelling or aching in the legs and thighs
- redness, swelling or pain in the calf or thighs
These conditions may suggest a more serious condition.
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Whether you’re contemplating using an intrauterine device (IUD) as birth control or to curb the effects of a gynecological issue, you might wonder if the pros outweigh all the cons you’ve probably heard about. Here’s what you need to know about IUDs, according to Ob/Gyn Ashley Brant, DO, MPH.
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There are 2 FDA-approved types
- Hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla and Liletta) release low levels of the hormone progestin.
- Non-hormonal IUDs (Paragard) contain copper and transform the uterus into a hostile environment for sperm.
Both types work mainly by preventing egg fertilization, but keep in mind that IUDs don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Despite the fact that modern versions are quite safe, IUDs still tend to get a bad rap. Dr. Brant often hears concerns from patients about migration, when the IUD moves through the uterine wall into the abdominal area. “Even though it seems like almost everybody knows somebody to whom that’s happened, it’s actually a pretty rare complication,” she says. Migration can happen if the uterus is torn, usually by an instrument during IUD insertion; however, these uterine perforations only occur in 0.01 percent of cases.
Other serious complications from IUDs are rare too. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) occurs in just 1 percent of women within the first 20 days after insertion and in 0.5 percent in the first three to six months.
Then there are the uncommon side effects women report from the hormonal IUD like weight gain, hair loss, mood changes and acne. As of now, there isn’t enough research to support or refute a definitive link between the two, Dr. Brant says. In fact, the low level of progestin released — one-fifth of the amount found in combination birth control pills — is tolerated well by the majority of women.
The many benefits of IUDs
- They’re long-acting. Depending on the type, IUDs are FDA-approved to last anywhere from three to 10 years.
- They’re more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy, a figure similar to permanent sterilization.
- You can have an IUD taken out any time and your fertility returns immediately.
- Hormonal IUD use often leads to lighter, shorter, less painful periods, which is why they’re prescribed for women who have heavy, painful periods. Up to half of women even stop having their periods altogether after three years on Mirena, though this percentage is lower with other hormonal IUDs, says Dr. Brant.
- There’s minimal effort required, an added bonus if you’re forgetful about birth control. You just have to make that initial appointment to get it inserted.
- They can be used in any age population, from teens to menopausal women.
- Research shows that hormonal IUDs may reduce your risk of developing endometrial cancer.
- They can be inserted right after you give birth, though this does increase the risk of expulsion.
- The copper IUD can be safely used for emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex or birth control failure.
But there are potential cons too
- The insertion procedure can be mildly to moderately painful. “I recommend that people take ibuprofen beforehand,” says Dr. Brant. “It doesn’t actually help with the pain during the insertion, but it does help with the cramping afterward.”
- With either type, during the first few months, you may experience irregular bleeding and/or cramping. You can continue to take 600 to 800 mg of ibuprofen every six to eight hours for this as well, Dr. Brant says. (NOTE: If the pain persists or gets worse and ibuprofen isn’t cutting it, and/or you’re soaking through a pad or more an hour, you’ll need to see your doctor right away.
- Irregular bleeding and/or cramping that hasn’t gone away after three months may result in your doctor putting you on ibuprofen for one to three months to alleviate pain and decrease bleeding or temporarily prescribing birth control pills to help regulate your cycle.
- If you do get pregnant with an IUD (the chances are 0.2 percent to 0.8 percent in the first year and less after that), your risk of ectopic pregnancy is higher.
- You’ll need to see your doctor for another procedure to get the IUD taken out.
- An IUD isn’t recommended if you have an abnormally shaped uterus since placing it is more difficult and increases the risk of perforation.
Factors to help you decide
Dr. Brant asks her patients these 3 questions to help them come to a decision that’s right for them:
- What’s your time frame for wanting to get pregnant? “If you’re thinking you want to be pregnant in the next year, maybe you don’t need something that’s going to be so long-acting,” she says.
- What’s important to you? Do you want a method of birth control that you don’t have to think about? Would you rather use something that you have more immediate control over?
- What are your periods like now? If you have heavy, painful periods, you may not want to choose the copper/non-hormonal IUD because it tends to cause longer and/or heavier periods, says Dr. Brant.
Risks of Hormonal Birth Control: Liletta IUD Lawsuit
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WKW is no longer accepting cases for injuries related to birth control.
Some people who have taken hormonal birth control were diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
Depo-Provera, also known as Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), is a long-acting hormonal contraceptive birth control shot manufactured by Pfizer. One injection can help prevent pregnancy for up to three months. Depo-Provera uses progestin, a form of the hormone progesterone which plays a role in the female menstrual cycle. Progestin can help stop the ovulation cycle, preventing eggs from exiting the ovaries. Progestin also thickens the cervix, making it nearly impossible for sperm to enter the uterus.
Depo-SubQ Provera 104 is alternative type of Depo-Provera that can be taken subcutaneously in lower doses. Both medications use progestin as a long-term yet reversible birth control solution.
Liletta and IUDs
Liletta is an intrauterine device, or IUD, designed for long-term birth control. An IUD, once implanted in the uterus, gradually releases hormones to both prevent sperm from reaching eggs and prevent eggs from implanting inside the wall of the uterus. IUDs are the most popular alternative to birth control pills and injections, and they can last for several years with little maintenance. They’re also completely reversible; IUDs can be removed from the uterus at any time, and a woman will retain her ability to reproduce normally thereafter.
Two types of IUDs are available in the United States: nonhormonal copper IUDs (ParaGard) and hormonal IUDs (Liletta, Mirena, Skyla). Liletta is the latest brand of hormonal IUD, introduced in 2015 by Actavis as a low-cost option for women seeking contraception. Like Depo-Provera, Liletta releases the hormone progestin into the body to alter the ovulation cycle.
Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Linked to Depo-Provera, Lilleta, and IUDs
Depo-Provera is associated with common side effects such as delayed or weakened menstruation periods, altered sex drive, depression, and weight gain. Most of these side effects are temporary. However, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, progestin hormones are shown to have links to pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
PTC and IIH
PTC is a condition that causes the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull and mirrors the symptoms of a brain tumor. Fluid buildup puts pressure on the brain and interferes with sense perception, balance, and motor control. Symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, severe headaches or migraines, and blurred vision.
While painful and disorienting, this condition is not fatal and can be treated. PTC/IIH is difficult to detect with an MRI or CT scan, but once the possibility of a brain tumor is eliminated, PTC/IIH can be tested for with a spinal tap. Treatment options involve the insertion of a shunt inside the skull to drain fluids and medication to help control fluid buildup. There is no known cure for PTC or IIH.
Contact a Drug Injury Attorney Today
Many concerned women who suffer from PTC/IIH seek to hold drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies responsible for failing to warn patients of the health risks associated with their birth control. If you or a loved one have used a hormonal contraceptive and have been diagnosed with PTC or IIH, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Drug Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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A number of women have reported suffering serious and debilitating injuries from side effects of Mirena IUD, where the implanted birth control increases fluid pressure in the brain, causing migraines and permanent vision loss. There are also claims that it perforates the uterus, migrates to other areas of the body and causes infections or other problems.
MIRENA IUD LAWSUIT STATUS: Financial compensation may be available through a Mirena IUD lawsuit as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn about the risks associated with the device.
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Lawyers are reviewing potential Mirena cases for women throughout the United States who have suffered:
- Pseudotumor Cerebri or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
- Perforation or Puncture of the Uterine Wall
- Migration of the Mirena IUD Outside the Uterus
- Surgical Removal of the IUD Due to Complications
OVERVIEW: Mirena, which is sometimes referred to as an IUD (Intrauterine Device) or IUS (Intrauterine System) is a long-acting form of birth control that is placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD disrupts the connection between the egg and sperm, and Merina also releases levonorgestrel, a progestin that helps keep the woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs.
Mirena was approved by the FDA in 2000, and use has grown in recent years amid heavy promotion as a hassle-free form of birth control that lasts for 5 years or longer. The manufacturer has been attempting to promote Mirena IUD to appeal to younger and younger women and girls, despite serious risks that they may not be adequately disclosing or warning about.
MIRENA LITIGATION STATUS UPDATE: Although the Mirena warning labels do indicate that there is a risk of perforation, the information provided to consumers and the medical community suggests that such problems only occur during insertion of the IUD, which is misleading and inaccurate. A large number of women have experienced “spontaneous” Mirena IUD complications that may occur years after the device was inserted.
Lawsuits over Mirena migration problems have been centralized at the state level in New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County as part of an MCL, or Multicounty Litigation. At the federal level, all Mirena IUD injury lawsuits have been centralized and consolidated for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in the Southern District of New York. In August 2016, Judge Seibel dismissed all federal Mirena IUD migration lawsuits, but state lawsuits and claims of other injuries, like pseudotumor cerebri, were unaffected.
However, in April 2017, all Mirena pseudotumor cerebri lawsuits were consolidated in a new MDL in the U.S. District Court for Southern New York before District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer
MIRENA IUD PROBLEMS: A number of potentially serious problems and complications have been associated with Mirena IUD side effects, some of which the manufacturer may not have adequately researched or warned about, including:
- Pseudotumor cerebri/idiopathic intracranial hypertension: An increase in cerebrospinal fluid which causes pressure on the skull, resulting in migraines, vision loss and other problems.
- Uterus Perforation: Mirena may puncture the uterus or embed in the uterine wall. Mirena IUD perforation can cause internal scarring, infection or damage to other organs and may result in the need for surgery.
- Migration: Delayed detection of a perforation may allow the Mirena IUD to migrate through the intraabdominal cavity, potentially resulting in intestinal peforations, intestinal obstruction, absecesses or adhesions.
- Expulsion: Partial or complete expulsion of Mirena IUD may occur. It may be more common among younger women using Mirena IUD, women who have not had children or women who have the device inserted immediately after childbirth or abortion.
- Infection: As a result of infection from Mirena IUD, women could suffer serious scarring that may deminish fertility or their ability to conceive, and in severe cases infection may be life-threatening and result in death from Mirena.
An analysis released in May 2013 by a private company found that the FDA had received more than 47,000 reports of Mirena IUD injuries and complications between November 1997 and late August 2012. Most of the problems involved the Mirena being expelled from women’s bodies, migrating to different locations, or causing vaginal hemorrhaging.
A report issued by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in January 2018 found that the number of adverse events reported to the FDA involving the Mirena IUD outnumbered reports concerning all other leading birth control methods combined.
BAYER ADVERTISING WARNING: In December 2009, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer over its promotions of Mirena. The FDA accused the drug manufacturer of overstating the efficacy of Mirena, presenting unsubstantiated claims, minimizing the risks of Mirena and using false and misleading presentations.
The FDA accused Bayer of organizing live in-home Mirena promotional events that claimed that the use of the IUD would improve couples’ relationships and sex lives. They also blasted the company for telling women that using Mirena would help them “look and feel great.” The FDA said that there was no evidence the device did any such thing.
The FDA also pointed out that at least 5% of Mirena IUD recipients reported decreased libido in clinical trials, which would certainly not help a couple’s intimacy or sex life. They also noted that women using Mirena had reported side effects including irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts, back pain, weight increase, breast pain and tenderness, and acne. None of those things will help someone look or feel “great,” FDA officials said.
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Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Major Levonorgestrel Side Effects
A Wisconsin woman filed a new lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare, alleging she was implanted with a defective Mirena IUD that led to significant levonorgestrel side effects, primarily pseudotumor cerebri.
The plaintiff, Megan D., says she was implanted with the Mirena IUD device in October 2014, but she claims she was not warned about the risk of developing pseudotumor cerebri, or intracranial hypertension.
Unfortunately, after placement of the device, Megan says she began suffering from a number of levonorgestrel side effects, including headaches, nausea, and vomiting. As a result of these persistent side effects, Megan says she underwent a diagnostic lumbar procedure in on Feb. 4, 2016, which revealed that she was suffering from the condition known as pseudotumor cerebri. These levonorgestrel side effects necessitated removal of the device a week later, Megan claims.
In response, she chose to file a lawsuit, claiming that she was not adequately warned about the risk of developing pseudotumor cerebri, or idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Megan claims that her suffering from pseudotumor cerebri was among the levonorgestrel side effects she suffered as a result of Mirena IUD placement.
Megan filed her levonorgestrel side effects lawsuit on May 21, 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit was filed on multiple counts, including negligence, design defect, failure to warn, strict liability, breach of express and implied warranties, and fraud, among several others.
Mirena Birth Control Device
The Mirena IUD is a popular form of permanent birth control, manufactured and distributed by Bayer Healthcare. The Mirena IUD was approved in 2009 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mirena is a small and flexible long-acting IUD that is implanted in the uterus. Over time, the Mirena device slowly releases a birth control hormone known as levonorgestrel.
Unfortunately, use of the Mirena IUD has been linked an increased risk of developing intracranial hypertension, also known as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC).
Levonorgestrel Side Effects
Pseudotumor cerebri, also known as intracranial hypertension (ICH), is not actually a tumor, though its symptoms resemble those of a brain tumor. Patients that suffer from pseudotumor cerebri symptoms like Mirena IUD headaches can experience pain and even permanent damage.
Essentially, pseudotumor cerebri is caused by the buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the skull, which can cause serious problems. Excess cerebrospinal fluid can result in several symptoms, including extreme pressure inside the skull, causing Mirena IUD headaches and migraines. As the pressure builds, it may begin to affect a patient’s vision, causing partial vision loss or even total blindness. Treatment should be sought as soon as possible.
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include headaches, migraines, dizziness, vision changes, nausea, and depression, among others.
Filing a Mirena Pseudotumor Lawsuit
If you or someone you love has suffered from Mirena complications like pseudotumor cerebri, you may be able to file a Mirena pseudotumor lawsuit. While filing such a lawsuit cannot take away the pain and suffering caused by these complications, filing a Mirena pseudotumor lawsuit may help to compensate for the pain and suffering that the condition can cause.
The Levonorgestrel Side Effects Lawsuit is Case No. 1:18-cv-04471-PAE-JLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.