Concern over IUD use in women with cancer

The contraceptive coil Mirena (levonorgestrel) should not be given to women with progesterone-dependent cancers, according to a health minister.

Answering a question about the safety of the IUD in the House of Commons last week, public health minister Dawn Primarolo said the recommendation followed a European review of the device.

The review also said that advice on the recognised risks of ectopic pregnancy and uterine perforation needed clarification.

Updated product information is currently being developed with the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority, according to manufacturer Bayer Schering Pharma.

Ms Primarolo said the benefits of Mirena outweighed the risk in its licensed indications.

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