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Susan E. Wills - published on 07/09/14

Contraceptive Technology states that between 6% and 50% of pregnancies occurring in the presence of an IUD are ectopic, thus potentially threatening to the mother’s life.

Lastly, Paragard is recommended for use as an emergency “contraceptive,” up to five days following ovulation, i.e., when the new embryo would begin to implant (Managing Contraception). This is clear evidence of Paragard’s having a potentially abortifacient effect.

Mirena: reports that a study published by the Department of Radiology at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center found that Mirena migration is a “frequently encountered complication.” When the IUD migrates, it “can perforate the uterus and enter the abdominal cavity, pelvis, bladder or blood vessels. It can cause pain, infection, and damage to intestines and other nearby organs. This is a serious condition and requires surgery to correct. In some cases, emergency surgery is necessary to prevent further damage.”

Here’s some context, courtesy of Bianca Wordley:

"In the first three months after insertion, I put on 12 kilos. It caused pimple outbreaks. I also experienced a roller coaster of emotions and huge mood swings. Heart palpitations. Anxiety. Bloating. You name it. I got it removed after six months. …

"What I wasn’t planning on was what happened when I had the IUD removed. …

"For two weeks I had the most horrendous blood loss I’ve ever experienced. Blood clots the size of [the rest of her testimony can be found 
here; it is too raw for this publication].

More than 2,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer AG for injuries caused by Mirena, and many thousands more are expected. Federal multidistrict litigation was established in 2013 and state cases are being heard in New Jersey.

Over 45,000 adverse event reports have been filed with the FDA alleging Mirena expulsion, dislocation, hemorrhage, perforation of the uterus, ectopic pregnancy, migration into the intestinal cavity, abscesses, peritonitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Ortho Evra: Johnson and Johnson made $1.6 billion in sales of the birth control patch, but over 4,000 women, and the family members of over two dozen women who have died, have filed suit for wrongful death, strokes, heart attack and blood clots. Over $68 million has already been paid out in settlement of some claims. The patch is twelve times more likely to cause strokes and 18 times more likely to cause blood clots, compared to conventional contraceptive pills. 

Implanon: Here’s the story of one Implanon user:

“I am currently using the Implanon, although not by choice. See the thing is, THEY HAVENT FOUND IT!! I had it put in a little over a two years ago and after 6 months I was very dissatisifed. I bled for 75 days straight, very heavy. I’ve been being bounced from hospital to hospital because no one can find it and they don’t want to keep messing with another doctors mess up. I’ve had 10 ultrasounds of my arm and 10 X-Rays and it is imbedded so deep into the muscle that they can’t reach it with hemostats. It has also migrated all the way up to the main arterie [sic] in the arm pit. Which makes removal very risky. I have had 6 miscarriages but the doctors told me the Implanon wouldn’t hurt my baby if I left it in. I was unaware that I was even pregnant until I had to spend a whole 2 days lying in my bath tub bleeding to death. I thought it was Aunt Flo but come to find out after the 3rd time that I was miscarrying my children!!!! Now I have doctors telling me that they can’t even remove it for me because it is a[n elective] surgery and therefore I will have to pay 600 dollars up front!!! And I am pregnant now and I can’t get it removed! We all need to come together and fight this!!!!!!!”

In addition to potential complications related to insertion and removal, Implanon releases progestins into the blood stream, increasing the risk of blood clot-related strokes and heart attacks. It can also affect glucose concentrations, a danger for diabetics.

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