The intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the oldest forms of birth control, in use by women since the early 20th century. It is inserted into the uterus by a doctor and works by disrupting and damaging sperm, preventing them from joining with an egg. Despite being used by close to 160 million women worldwide, the IUD, while effective at preventing pregnancy, has caused many physical problems for many users. Following is a brief history of the device:
- Early 1900s: The first known IUD is developed by German physician Dr. Richter of Waldenburg. His device is made of silkworm filaments and was not popular with women.
- 1930s-1940s: Another German doctor, Ernst Gräfenberg, created an IUD made of silver filaments. His work, however, was suppressed during the Nazi regime, because contraception was thought to be a threat to the growth of the Aryan race. His work was continued after World War II by American doctors who created the Precea and Pressure Ring devices based on his designs.
- 1950s: Dr. Jack Lippes pioneered the modern IUD through the use of thermoplastics, creating what became the Dalkon Shield, a poorly designed device that caused bacterial infections and lead to thousands of lawsuits.
- 1960s-1970s: This era saw the introduction of “T” shaped IUD and those made of copper, which was discovered to be an effective spermicide. The “T” shape was thought to fit better in the uterus, make the device less likely to be expelled by the body. In addition, many IUDs of this era were made to release synthetic hormones in order to further prevent pregnancy.
- Present Day: There are currently two IUDs now in use: the ParaGard, which is a copper IUD; and Mirena, a hormonal IUD manufactured by Bayer and currently the center of much controversy due to the company’s marketing techniques and because of serious injuries suffered by women who have used it.
Women who are generally good candidates for IUD use are already mothers, are not prone to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or prone to infections, and have a regular sex partner. The IUD is usually a low-maintenance birth control method, which once inserted can remain in the body for five to 10 years.
When Mirena was first introduced in 2000 by Bayer, it was touted as a convenient contraceptive solution for “busy moms.” It was marketed heavily towards women who had at least one child via Internet advertising and online mothers groups. Bayer neglected to publicize the potential risks and side effects of Mirena, leading to warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for misleading consumers about what Mirena can do for them. Moreover, many women have begun filing lawsuits against Bayer for injuries allegedly suffered from the device. Those injuries include migration of the device out of the uterus and into the abdominal cavity, uterus perforation, excessive bleeding, and expulsion of the device, even when a woman has already had at least one child.
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