The intrauterine device (IUD) Mirena has been linked to a number of serious side effects—including damage to the body’s internal organs and complications during pregnancy—which may require surgery in order to correct. Health officials in the U.S. and Canada have warned women who may use a Mirena IUD about the risk of side effects they may face from the birth control device.
Mirena is a hormonal IUD that uses a synthetic version of the hormone progestin known as levonorgestrel in order to prevent pregnancy. Women who elect to use Mirena for birth control visit their doctor or another health care professional who places the IUD inside the body. A Mirena IUD can be left in place for up to five years, at which point it is no longer effective at preventing contraception.
In 2010, the Canadian regulatory body Health Canada issued a warning about the risk of uterine perforation among women who used Mirena. According to the agency’s Mirena warning, patients who use the IUD may suffer serious internal injuries if the device becomes loose inside the body. In addition to the risk of perforation of the uterus, Mirena users may also be at risk of developing infections, adhesions, damage to other organs or blood vessels, pelvic inflammatory disease, or a migration of the IUD outside the uterus requiring surgical removal.
Warnings by the Food and Drug Administration about Mirena have also highlighted the risk of pregnancy complications associated with the IUD. According to the agency, about half of all pregnancies that occur while a woman is taking Mirena are ectopic pregnancies, a potentially life-threatening event in which the fetus begins to develop outside the uterus. Women who become pregnant while taking Mirena may also face an increased risk of suffering a miscarriage while using the IUD.
Women who have experienced side effects from Mirena, including internal injuries or pregnancy complications, have filed lawsuits against Bayer. These Mirena lawsuits have accused the company of understating the risk of complications associated with the use of Mirena while promoting the drug to women.
If you or a loved one used a Mirena IUD and suffered uterine perforation, pregnancy complications, or other side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
To find out more about filing a Mirena lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr and Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.