Study Finds Breastfeeding May Increase Risk of Organ Perforation from Mirena IUD

Mirena IUD Injuries

Written by Faith Anderson on February 10, 2015
Mirena IUD Side Effects

Study Finds Breastfeeding May Increase Risk of Organ Perforation from Mirena IUD

Breastfeeding women may face an increased risk of Mirena IUD organ perforation injuries.

The findings of a new study indicate that roughly 1.4 out of every 1,000 women implanted with a Mirena IUD (intra-uterine device), or a similar birth control device, suffers from organ perforation, a risk that appears to be elevated by breastfeeding. In the study, published last month in the medical journal Contraception, researchers from Germany analyzed data involving use of long-acting birth control devices among European women, and found that breastfeeding women face an increased risk of their IUD migrating out of position and puncturing the uterus or other organs. If you used the Mirena IUD for pregnancy prevention, and you have suffered organ perforation or another major injury, contact a reputable Mirena IUD lawyer today for legal help.

Potential Side Effects of Mirena IUD

This new study comes amid increasing concerns about the risk of organ perforation and other serious side effects from Mirena IUD, which have resulted in thousands of product liability lawsuits being filed against Bayer Healthcare, on behalf of women who claim to have suffered serious injuries while using the birth control devices. In the study, researchers from the ZEG-Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research in Germany examined survey answers from 60,000 women from six European countries who were implanted with either levonorgestrel-releasing intra-uterine systems (LNG-IUS) like Mirena IUD, or copper IUD devices, like ParaGuard, for one year.

Breastfeeding Increases Risk of Injury

According to their findings, about 1.4 women per 1,000 who were implanted with Mirena IUD and similar devices suffered organ perforation side effects, compared to 1.1 women per 1,000 implanted with copper IUDs. They also found that breastfeeding appeared to significantly increase the risk. “Breastfeeding at time of insertion was associated with a sixfold increase, with no differences between LNG and copper IUD users,” the researchers wrote. The researchers were unable to determine exactly why breastfeeding may increase the risk of organ perforation injuries from intra-uterine devices, but noted that, out of the 81 perforations analyzed during the study, 63 of the women had previous risk factors, primarily breastfeeding.

Contact a Knowledgeable Mirena IUD Lawyer

Bayer Healthcare currently faces thousands of Mirena IUD lawsuits filed in courts across the country, on behalf of women who claim to have suffered serious injuries when their IUDs migrated out of position and punctured their uterus and other organs, causing debilitating internal injuries. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Mirena IUD or another potentially dangerous medical device, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are committed to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by allegedly defective medical products, and can help put you touch with a qualified Mirena IUD attorney who has experience handling injury claims.
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