Stephen Schultz | September 13, 2023 | Product Liability
Most women either have or will use birth control at some point in their lives. Besides preventing pregnancy, birth control regulates periods, often reducing the severity of period-related symptoms.
But while birth control is popular for a variety of reasons, many women don’t want to take a pill every day. They prefer a long-term option that doesn’t require constant upkeep. One of those options is the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD).
Unfortunately, while this device doesn’t require upkeep, it often comes with side effects. One of the more unfortunate side effects, called the Mirena crash, affects women after the IUD is removed.
What Is the Mirena Crash?
Mirena IUDs regulate hormone levels in the women who use them. This pharmaceutical regulation replaces the normal hormonal regulation performed by bodily functions. While this is beneficial while the device is in use, it can have devastating effects after the use of the device has ceased.
The Mirena crash is a direct result of the removal of the device. For weeks or even months after the device is removed, the body fails to properly regulate progesterone and other hormones. This creates an imbalance that results in potentially devastating symptoms.
Potential Symptoms of the Mirena Crash
Typically, symptoms of the Mirena crash will last for weeks after the removal of the device.
Some of the more common symptoms are:
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of hair
- Weight gain
- Fertility issues
- Altered sex drive
- Extreme mood swings
- Headaches, backaches, and shoulder pain
- Extreme fatigue
While there is currently no study linking these symptoms to removing the Mirena device, countless women have reported them.
What Can You Do If You Are Experiencing the Mirena Crash?
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should speak to a doctor immediately. While the symptoms may be related to something other than the Mirena crash, they are still serious symptoms that should be diagnosed.
Unfortunately, some doctors refuse to accept that the Mirena crash is real and may not even believe women who report these symptoms. This can result in your doctor failing to provide appropriate treatment. If this happens, it could be a case of medical malpractice, and you should consult a lawyer immediately.
Hopefully, though, your doctor will believe your symptoms and take appropriate action. This may require additional treatment that lasts months or even years. While that may sound expensive, you may be eligible to get compensation for those costs. Speak with a personal injury or product liability lawyer to learn more.
The Mirena Crash Is Not IUD Displacement
Mirena IUDs can cause harm in another way. Some people who use an IUD suffer displacement. This is when the device moves from where it is implanted.
While this may not sound so bad, it can be devastating. The IUD has sharp bits that can puncture organs. And an IUD that displaces can potentially enter the intestines or even reach the liver.
The injuries from an IUD displacement are serious because they are internal injuries that usually require surgery to correct. If you feel any type of pain after an IUD is inserted, you should contact a gynecologist as soon as possible.
Just remember that this problem occurs while the device is active rather than after it is removed.
Pay Attention To Your Body After Your Mirena IUD Removal
While some doctors don’t believe that the Mirena crash is real, women who experience it know it is. Pay attention to your body after your IUD removal, and if you experience unpleasant symptoms, act quickly.
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