Corporate Cover-Up – Birth Control Devices Causing Serious Health Problems For Women


There are currently 61 million American women
in their childbearing years ranging in age from 15 to 44. 62% of these women regularly use a contraceptive
method, with 6.4% choosing to use an intra-uterine device or IUDs to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are small devices that are implanted
into the uterus to prevent fertilized eggs from developing. Over the last 15 years, IUDs have gone on
to make up a larger and larger share of the birth control market and according to 2012
data; IUDs are the fourth most common form of birth control after condoms. IUDs have proven to be amazingly effective
and convenient because they can be implanted once and will remain effective for many years
without any interference. And as the market for IUDs began to grow in
the early part of this century, pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, wanted to make sure that it
could get a piece of the profits and introduced an IUD device in the year 2000 called Mirena. Mirena is a chemical-coated, soft plastic
IUD that proved to be a huge money-maker for Bayer. But part of the reason that this particular
contraceptive was so profitable was because Bayer was deliberately over-stating the benefits
of their device and not disclosing some of the rare, but dangerous side effects. For example, in April of 2009, the FDA had
to issue a warning letter to Bayer Healthcare because its website for Mirena made a number
of claims that were simply untrue or unproven. Bayer was so busy making claims that the IUD
was a perfect solution for busy moms and would increase women’s sex lives while making them
“look and feel” great, that it forgot to mention the device is recommended for women who have
had at least one child already. The company also declined to state that the
Mirena IUD increases the risk of ectopic pregnancies — when a fertilized egg attaches to an area
other than the uterus — And that of the few women that become pregnant with the Mirena
IUD — half of them have ectopic pregnancies. And they completely left out the fact that
their Mirena IUD needed to be replaced every 5 years. Bayer also failed to tell women that there
was a small risk that this particular IUD could either break apart or migrate after
insertion, causing perforations in the uterus that would then lead to major medical emergencies. The FDA might not have put it in these terms,
but they strongly implied that Bayer was so desperate to make their sales pitch to women
that they threw all of the warnings out in order to increase the sales of their alleged
miracle contraceptive. But those weren’t the only problems associated
with the Mirena IUD. The chemical coating on the IUD – a form
of progestin – was released daily into a woman’s body while the device was implanted. Later observational studies found out that
this chemical, even after the device had been removed, had a small chance of leading to
a form of hyper-masculinity in developed fetuses, resulting in improper development of the genitalia
in unborn children. Further studies have also shown that Mirena
increases the likelihood of breast cancer, decreased libido, ovarian cysts, and depression. But again, this information was completely
omitted by Bayer during their sales pitches. They saw that the IUD market was growing rapidly,
and they wanted to make sure that Mirena was the name brand that women told their doctors
they wanted. Joining me now to discuss Mirena’s potential
side effects is attorney, Larry Jones, who is handling cases for women injured by this
device. Larry, tell us about some of the damages that
this device has caused in women. Well first let me say thanks, Farron, for
having me on the show. I’m a big fan. You did a great job of covering lots of different
injuries associated with this wonder product, as Bayer likes to claim that it is. Really you can characterize the injuries in
two different categories. One is the device-related injuries and the
other is the drug-related injuries. The device-related injuries, as you’ve mentioned,
approximately 1,600 women have filed lawsuits in the southern district of New York in the
federal court there because this device migrated and perforated their uterine wall all without
a sufficient warning to these women, something that they should have known before they ever
agreed to have the Mirena implanted in them. The other category of injuries is what I call
the drug-related injuries. That is… this is a T-shaped IUD that releases
a very potent synthetic progestin, a manmade chemical into the body. It does so through a reservoir in the bottom
of the IUD. Now why is that important, you may ask. Well this was something that if you go all
the way back to when Bayer first put this on the market in the United States, they sold
this product to these women’s doctors as a device that had a mostly local effect and
released a tiny amount of hormone into their body, leading to low to no systemic hormonal
adverse effects. That’s just not true. It wasn’t true in the pre-market studies. It’s not true today. This is something that in my opinion has been
the entire basis of their marketing campaign for the last 17 years or so. This marketing to women who are already hormone
averse from their experience taking pills. This IUD, among the systemic effects, you’ve
mentioned depression. You also have acne. There have even been studies that suggest
that there’s a higher incidence of breast cancer. We’ve heard with other contraceptives arterial
and venous thrombo events, such as DVT, pulmonary embolism, things of that nature. Stroke. These are all the kinds of injuries that you
experience with the Mirena IUD that have not been disclosed throughout the years to women
who are going to be using the product. Well you know, you mentioned the marketing. Bayer got in trouble with the FDA back in
2009 because they didn’t disclose some of the potential side effects that we’ve discussed
of this device. What did the FDA tell them back in 2009 when
they had to send that warning letter over to Bayer Healthcare? Well for some of your viewers, they may not
know that the FDA requires what’s known as fair balance. Basically if you’re going to sell your product,
you also have to fairly represent the risks of those products to the folks you’re trying
to sell to. You mentioned some of the web paper click
ads that Bayer was doing that FDA got on them about, but they were also doing things such
as going out and basically having the equivalent of the old Avon parties, where they would
get a bunch of women together, send a representative in to talk to these women over wine about
how great Mirena was. Among the things that I believe I remember
FDA getting on them about was they were making claims like, ‘This will lead to a more robust
sex life,’ and things of that nature. The FDA, to their credit in that instance,
told them they need to knock it off and they needed to tell these women the risks associated
with the drug. Those are the risks that they’ve disclosed
to the FDA. Those are the things that are part of the
warning label. One of the conditions that has been at my
heart, something I’ve been working on for the last three years or so, is that this Mirena,
this leave and adjust for releasing device causes a condition known as pseudotumor cerebri,
which is pseudo meaning mimicking, cerebri meaning brain. Basically a condition that mimics a brain
tumor. This is all very interesting and it’s stuff
that women who have had this IUD implanted in them, they need to know all of this. Right, right. This condition, in all respects, it mimics
a brain tumor. A lot of my clients, the first indication
from their doctors is, ‘Ma’am, I’m sorry. You have a brain tumor.’ My clients go home. They’re thinking, ‘Oh my gosh. I’m going to end up dying.’ The way you rule out the brain tumor is you
do imaging. There’s no tumor there. Then they test the cerebral spinal fluid levels. What they come to is this condition, PTC,
also known as intercranial hypertension. What you have, Farron, is you have a buildup
of cerebral spinal fluid on the brain. It causes these incredible migraine headaches,
puts pressure on the optic nerves of the eyes and basically pushes the eyes out so that
about eight to 10% of all women that end up with this condition experience partial to
total blindness. Permanent. There’s no fix to that. I have to ask, this is one of the most important
pieces of this, from what you’ve seen from the documents in this case, was Bayer Healthcare
aware of any of these dangers and they failed to mention them to the public? From what you’ve seen from their own documents,
what do we know that they knew about and didn’t disclose? Without getting into the confidential documents,
I can tell you that they have known about the association between this injury and levonorgestrel
since the early 1990s, long before they put the product on the market. It’s criminal that they haven’t warned women
that are using this device. That is remarkable. They knew about these dangers in the early
90s. The year 2000 rolls around. They still get this thing approved by the
FDA. Nine years later along this timeline, the
FDA finally comes out and says, ‘Okay. Well listen, your website is a little misleading. You shouldn’t be doing some of these other
things you’re doing. You need to stop that and let women know that
it’s not completely safe.’ Bayer plays along. Now we have potentially thousands of women
out there who have had this device implanted without knowing the dangers because Bayer
decided they didn’t want to tell them. Now once again, it’s a situation where this
has to be taken up in court because it really is one of the last places for American citizens
to really get any form of justice whatsoever when corporations, whether it’s Bayer, whether
it’s Pfizer, whether it’s Merck, when these corporations cover up the dangers and release
a product that they know is going to harm consumers without saying a word. Larry Jones, thank you for talking with us
today. We appreciate everything that you’re doing.

24 Replies to “Corporate Cover-Up – Birth Control Devices Causing Serious Health Problems For Women”

  1. Sure it's cause we are nuts. Our drs. tell us it's safe and awesome. It's not like they say they suck and we say sign us up anyways.

  2. When any company misleads the population of these kind of major health problems, they should be liable for every users medical bills, then penalized severely for all their profits, shut down and the ceos put in jail.

  3. I don't even think birth control pills are that safe either. I think they cause women's bodies to get used to a foreign object controlling their hormones and after prolonged exposure can have an effect on these women who later try to naturally have children.

  4. Mirena is not only for birth control. Mirena is also considered to be the only treatment available for a condition called 'adenomyosis', and it is touted to be one of the safest treatment options available. Millions of women like myself have this condition which is more severe and debilitating, but relatively lesser known compared to other uterine conditions such as endometriosis. Knowing now that Big Pharma is involved in a potential cover-up of risks associated with Mirena is disheartening, really and we need more conclusive evidence and documentation of this. Thanks so much for making this video.

  5. People should just stop putting trust in Organizations who number one goal is Mula. Business has experimented on the public way before America was even a thing. Too many people got Fluoride on the brain to be able to see "abstract patterns" such as the recurring human Guinea pig.

  6. Also the best birth control is loneliness works 100% of the time, follow up with regular masturbation and someone to talk to, and you got no kids and a sane brain.

  7. If an IUD can be developed that is at least 99% safe, I think should consider mandating that all females between 13 and 25 have an IUD. They would be allowed to get it removed earlier if they could demonstrate that they were financially stable and mature enough to take care of a child. Also, if a fully reversible male birth control procedure could be developed, making it mandatory should also be considered.

  8. Bayer is up there with Monsanto when it comes to unsafe products, corruption, false claims, and neglect. Why they haven't gone insolvent by now is beyond me.

  9. My IUD was coming Out last month, but had gotten stuck, & caused a lot of pain & lots of bleeding. I had to be taken to the ER from work in an ambulance, & I lost four day's of work recovering.

  10. I was wondering about something. I heard that there was a case where a woman gave birth to a baby that was holding her IUDin it's hand. I didn't hear either of you mention that case so I was wondering if it really happened. If it did happen, here is another reason NOT to use these IUD's.

  11. I had the Dalkon Shield back in the 70's before they discovered all the problems with it. Since I was one who did not have problems with the product, I must say, it was absolutely wonderful for me! Put it in and forget it for years. Take it out when you actively want a baby. Perfect! It was not coated with hormone anything. They need to make an improved version of that.

  12. Do people forget that Bayer got its start with the Nazis? Big pharma have killed and are killing more people per year than all illegal drugs combined. It's time we as a nation look back to natural remedies for what we can replace that are just as effective without the side effects

  13. Lesbianism, no risk of pregnancy and the lowest risk for true STIs. High risk of nesting, excessive processing after fights and difficulty finding women to date without a lot of driving.

  14. As with everything in the world. Pharma products were never designed to cure a patient only to make profit from him. Sad truth but its there.

  15. Since birth control isn't natural no birth control is 100% safe or effective. Not even condoms, I broke up with my gf and had to learn to start using them and got lymphangiosclerosis. It naturally healed but for nearly 2 months i had a lump on my dick from using a condom that was to tight and damaged my internal tissues. I thought I had syphillis or something.

  16. SEVERAL of my specialists from my hematologist to my gynecologist recommended that I use Mirena as a means to staunch the flow of bleeding from my hemorrhagic periods. Within two years, I went on to develop not only horrific daily migraines (not anything I was EVER warned about) but as someone was already predisposed to developing ovarian cysts (I have PCOS as well as adenomyosis) guess what it did?

    The pain in my ovaries was so great even AFTER the cysts and the Mirena were removed that I was forced to take daily Percocet. NOTHING else even touched the ovarian pain. As a result, even though it was a minuscule amount of Percocet, my other hormones spiraled out of control and I gained 40 lbs of water weight and my neuropathy went irrevocably haywire.

    Fortunately, with some extreme measures, online studying, and INSISTING that my healthcare providers listen to me more closely when I tell them the adverse side effects I'm experiencing, I've managed to wean off Percocet entirely during the past month. And that was after nearly a full year of taking it. As a result, I've shed nearly 3/4s of the weight I'd gained and my appetite is no longer out of control due to false hunger signals. My intestines are healing. I also switched gynos to a female-based clinic and they have FAR more knowledge when it comes to the available BC pharmaceuticals and what they can do to benefit. It took a couple of weeks to finally work, but the first prescription they recommended for me (a form of birth control pill called Junel) was perfect.

    Point being… If you're already estrogen-dominant (with a condition like polycystic ovarian syndrome, for one example) then do NOT have a Levonorgestrel-based IUD inserted. It is far, far too much daily hormone for your body to process.

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