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Review: could Mirena cause Breast cancer?

Summary: Breast cancer could be caused by Mirena, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take Climara, and have Contraception.

We study 62,483 people who have side effects while taking Mirena from FDA and social media. Among them, 452 have Breast cancer. Find out below who they are, when they have Breast cancer and more.

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Mirena

Mirena (latest outcomes from 62,832 users) has active ingredients of levonorgestrel. It is often used in birth control.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer (latest reports from 197,392 patients) has been reported by people with hormone replacement therapy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 15, 2014: 62,483 people reported to have side effects when taking Mirena. Among them, 452 people (0.72%) have Breast Cancer. They amount to 0.23% of all the 197,525 people who have Breast Cancer on eHealthMe.

Trend of Breast cancer in Mirena reports

Time on Mirena when people have Breast cancer * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Breast cancer4.86%15.28%8.33%19.44%29.86%22.22%0.00%

Age of people who have Breast cancer when taking Mirena * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Breast cancer0.00%0.00%0.00%1.52%27.36%54.41%16.41%0.30%

Severity of Breast cancer when taking Mirena ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Breast cancer0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Breast cancer ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Contraception (168 people, 37.17%)
  2. Menorrhagia (30 people, 6.64%)
  3. Hormone replacement therapy (13 people, 2.88%)
  4. Prophylaxis (6 people, 1.33%)
  5. Hypothyroidism (5 people, 1.11%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Climara (13 people, 2.88%)
  2. Cyclessa (11 people, 2.43%)
  3. Alora (11 people, 2.43%)
  4. Ortho-est (11 people, 2.43%)
  5. Prempro (11 people, 2.43%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • Became irritable and high strung a couple of weeks after Mirena was placed. I did not notice this side effect, but others around me noticed it, after 2-3 months started going into a manic phase for several weeks followed by depression. Told gynecologist, she removed it and I began feeling myself again after a couple of weeks. I have a family history of bipolar, but no personal history of any mental/emotional problems. A rare side effect, but my system cannot handle synthetic hormones. Now have a copper IUD in place without any side effects. Glad I had a supportive gynecologist, she told me it normally causes depression in sensitive people, but when we really researched it, we found there are cases of other mental emotional side effects in sensitive people.

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • Everything seemed like I was pregnant and now I have a missing IUD going for an ultrasound then to surgically remove the IUD when found.

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • 2 Miscarriages back to back no pain

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