Pseudotumor Added to Mirena Birth Control Side Effects
Mirena is the brand name for a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD). An IUD is a small, T-shaped, plastic implant placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Once implanted, this device prevents pregnancy for up to five years, making it a welcome alternative to methods like the pill or patch. Some brands of IUD, including Mirena, release progestin and other hormones for additional pregnancy prevention. Recently, Mirena has been in the news for potentially causing pseudotumor cerebri, a dangerous medical condition that occurs when too much cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the skull. This is just the latest in a long list of Mirena birth control side effects causing pain and suffering to women nationwide.
Problems Associated with a Pseduotumor
One of the hormones released by Mirena, levonorgestrel, is associated with an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri. The accumulated fluid puts pressure on the brain, which can cause frightening and dangerous Mirena birth control side effects such as permanent brain damage, vision loss, and blindness. If you have been implanted with a Mirena IUD and are experiencing headaches, neck or back pain, dizziness, vision loss, blurring, ringing in the ears, or nausea, see your doctor right away. If you have developed pseudotumor cerebri, you may require surgery to drain the excess fluid away from the brain.
Additional Mirena Birth Control Side Effects
In addition to this new complication, a perforated uterus is also counted among Mirena birth control side effects. In about one in 1,000 women who use the IUD, the uterus can become punctured during insertion. Two out of every 100 IUDs inserted become expelled during the first year, which can lead to unwanted pregnancy. The most common Mirena birth control side effects include severe menstrual issues such as abnormally long or heavy periods, complete lack of periods, and bleeding beyond the period. Many Mirena users also experience mood changes, and may develop stomach cramping. Ovarian cyst development is also a common side effect of the hormonal IUD.
You should also be aware of other dangerous Mirena birth control side effects which, while less common, may still affect you if you choose to use Mirena. These include pelvic inflammatory disorder, the risk of strep A infection, hives, and abdominal swelling. Users may also experience severe depression; skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and swelling; hair loss or excessive hair growth; backache, headache, and dizziness; weight gain; changed interest in sexual intercourse; or inflammation of the vaginal area.
Experiencing Mirena Birth Control Side Effects? Call Today
While dangerous Mirena birth control side effects are relatively uncommon among the 2 million women who use Mirena, lawsuits have been filed those women who have been affected and are seeking compensation for their injuries. If you believe you are the victim of Mirena birth control side effects, including pseudotumor cerebri, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can inform answer your questions, address your concerns, and inform you of your legal options in a free, no-obligation consultation. Call today.