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Mirena IUD linked to increased risk of problems during pregnancy

Women who use the hormonal intrauterine device Mirena may be at risk of serious and potentially life-threatening complications if they become pregnant while using the birth control device. These health risks have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning about the health risks posed by Mirena to both the mother and her unborn child.

According to the FDA’s warning about Mirena, half of all women who become pregnant while using the IUD will experience an ectopic pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, posing life-threatening complications to the mother which make it impossible for the pregnancy to continue to term. Even when the fetus develops normally, Mirena may still cause the mother to suffer a miscarriage or deliver her baby prematurely. Other pregnancy complications linked to Mirena include septic infection, infertility, and the need to undergo a hysterectomy.

Women who use a Mirena IUD may also suffer a number of other serious problems even if they do not become pregnant. In some patients, the IUD can become loose inside the body, putting women at risk of suffering uterine perforation, migration of the device outside the uterus, adhesions, or other complications that may require surgery to repair.

Bayer, the manufacturer of the IUD, is facing dozens of lawsuits filed by women who suffered pregnancy complications or other side effects caused by Mirena. Women who used the IUD and suffered problems with the device may be eligible to file a Mirena lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries.