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IUDs being pushed on sexually active teenage girls

It is now being recommended that teenage girls who are sexually active should steer clear of the birth control pill and look toward IUDs and hormonal implants to control their menstrual cycles, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In addition, the AAP says that condoms should also be used by sexually active teens to prevent the exchange of sexually transmitted diseases.

Currently, condoms are the most commonly used birth control selection among teenagers. However, the AAP says that for those teens who are overtly sexually active, particularly those in sexually monogamous relationships, exponentially increase their chances of getting pregnant by using birth control such as condoms that are not 100% effective.

But not everyone is on board, and for good reasons. Hormonal implants and IUDs cost significantly more and can be quite dangerous. In the recent past, IUD manufacturer Mirena, a subsidiary of Bayer Inc., used deceptive tactics to market their drugs and did not properly warn potential patients that the device could cause serious complications and great harm to its users.

Victims say the use of IUDs has led to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, irregular bleeding, amenorrhea, and uterine lining perforations. Although Mirena was marketed to the "busy mom" type, it also appealed to young, high school- and college-aged women who were sexually active.

If you have taken Mirena or any other type of IUD or contraceptive that has caused you injuries, you can call the defective device personal injury attorney at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. for a free consultation at 800-777-4081.

Source: WFMJ, "Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls" 1 October 2014

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