A Pennsylvania woman has filed a Mirena lawsuit against the manufacturer of the hormonal IUD after suffering injuries caused by the device. The case filed by Lourdes Gonzalez alleges that she suffered a perforated cervix when her Mirena IUD migrated through her body after being inserted by a physician.
Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) which uses a synthetic form of the hormone progestin (levonorgestrel) to prevent pregnancy. A Mirena IUD can be left in place for up to five years after it is inserted by a doctor.
According to her lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Gonzalez received a Mirena IUD from a doctor in Pittsburgh in 2009, but began experiencing problems with the device in 2011. After the IUD began to migrate through her body, Gonzalez was forced to undergo surgery in order to have the device removed. In addition to the cervical perforation caused by Mirena, Gonzalez alleges that this surgery caused her to experience additional symptoms, including pain, scarring, and placenta accrete, a condition in which the placenta becomes deeply imbedded in the uterine wall during pregnancy.
The side effects of Mirena IUDs that Gonzalez allegedly suffered are similar to those warned about by health officials. According to a Food and Drug Administration warning about the risk of complications from Mirena, patients who are implanted with the hormonal IUD face an increased risk of uterine perforation, adhesions, and other internal injuries if a migration of the device occurs inside the body. Women who become pregnant while using Mirena may also face serious risks to their own health and that of their child, including ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.