The Mirena Crash Is Real, and It’s Affecting Countless Women
April 21, 2023 | Winters & Yonker, P.A. | Product Liability
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, like Mirena, are marketed to women as a convenient method of birth control. Unlike birth control pills, which must be taken daily, an intrauterine device is inserted into a woman’s uterus and works continuously.
Mirena and similar IUDs release a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy.
Doctors often tout that a single IUD can prevent pregnancy for years, but the device can also be removed at any time if a woman decides she wants to get pregnant.
What medical providers don’t always share are the symptoms associated with the removal of the IUD. If you used the Mirena IUD and had it removed, you may be experiencing the “Mirena crash” as a result.
Mirena Intrauterine Device – Uses and Side Effects
Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device marketed as a safe and effective method of birth control. If you and your healthcare provider decide that Mirena is right for you, your doctor will insert the device into your uterus. It can remain in place for up to eight years, although it can also be removed if you decide that you want to get pregnant.
The progestin hormone levonorgestrel works by thickening the mucus of your cervix, which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach your fallopian tubes. It also causes the lining of your uterus to thin and suppresses your body’s ability to release an egg — all of which reduce the chances of pregnancy.
Mirena is reportedly over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Mirena may also be prescribed to you for conditions like heavy menstrual bleeding, periods accompanied by pain and severe cramping, or endometriosis.
While using Mirena, your body will cease production of progesterone since the IUD releases a synthetic equivalent. This can cause some women to experience side effects as the body adjusts to the introduction of this hormone.
Side effects of Mirena are generally mild and can include headaches, mood swings, cramping, and irregular bleeding. Some of these side effects may improve with the continued use of Mirena.
The Mirena Crash Explained
Women may use Mirena and have the device removed without experiencing any side effects. Other women experience symptoms with the removal of the device. Some of these symptoms can be severe.
The symptoms are due to a hormonal imbalance in the body fostered by the use of Mirena. It can take your body weeks or longer to realize that it needs to resume the production of progesterone.
Until it does, you might experience:
- Decreased interest in sex or sex that is painful
- Extreme mood swings, emotions, or anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts, in extreme cases
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue and lethargy
There’s no clinical research yet that connects the removal of Mirena with these symptoms. Instead, reports of the Mirena crash come directly from former users of the IUD who have attested to a connection between the onset of their symptoms and the removal of their Mirena devices.
What to Do If You Experience the Mirena Crash
For most women, the symptoms associated with the Mirena crash will go away on their own, although it is impossible to predict how long this will take. The Mirena crash may last for a few days, or it may go on for several months.
You should visit your doctor if your symptoms become severe or if they are interfering with your daily life and routine. You should also seek help if you are experiencing severe depression or recurring suicidal thoughts.
If you’ve experienced severe injuries and expenses due to the Mirena crash, consider speaking to a product liability lawyer to explore your legal options.
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