Mirena Recipient Claims Intracranial Hypertension Caused by Birth Control


A woman has filed a lawsuit against Bayer alleging she experienced intracranial hypertension caused by birth control.

In June 2008, plaintiff Angela N. claims she was implanted with a Mirena IUD (intrauterine device). In September 2013, she had the original Mirena removed and received a new Mirena device. Shortly after the new Mirena IUD was in place, she alleges she began having headaches, blurred vision, double vision, and pain.

On March 22, 2016, Angela says her healthcare provider indicated her symptoms were likely due to intracranial hypertension caused by birth control, which means increased pressure in the skull.

In April 2016, Angela says she underwent a diagnostic lumbar puncture to evaluated her intracranial pressure. Intracranial pressure is considered normal between five and 15 millimeters of mercury. Angela’s intracranial pressure was 34 millimeters. Angela had her Mirena IUD removed June 1, 2016.

Intracranial hypertension is a severe and possibly irreversible brain condition and can be a side effect of levonorgestrel, the synthetic hormone emitted by the Mirena IUD to aid in birth control.

According to Angela and…