Mirena Birth Control Linked To Levonorgestrel Pseudotumor Cerebri

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The popular Mirena IUD and other hormonal birth control options have been linked to migraine-like symptoms known as pseudotumor cerebri, also known as intercranial hypertension (ICH).

The Mirena IUD is a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine symptom that is the number one prescribed IUD in the US.

The Mirena IUD prevents pregnancy for up to five years with 70 to 99 percent effectiveness, according to the Mirena website.

Mirena IUD has been linked to an abnormal elevation in cerebrospinal fluid in the skull, resulting in a condition known as levonorgestrel pseudotumor cerebri.

Cerebrospinal fluid surrounds the brain and spinal cord, acting as a cushion to protect these tissues from injury. It is produced in the brain and absorbed naturally into the bloodstream. When there is an elevation in cerebrospinal fluid, pressure in the skull is increased, resulting in pseudotumor cerebri.

Although the exact cause of pseudotumor cerebri is unknown, it is thought that increased intercranial pressure is caused by a problem in the cerebrospinal fluid reabsorption process.

Pseudotumor cerebri causes migraine-like symptoms and mimicks symptoms of a brain tumor although…