A Pennsylvania woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Mirena IUDs after she suffered a perforated uterus from the device. Anne O’Neill’s Mirena lawsuit alleges that Bayer Pharmaceuticals—the maker of the hormonal intrauterine device (IUD)—failed to properly warn patients about the risk of side effects they could face from using Mirena for birth control.
According to the lawsuit, after O’Neill developed a uterine perforation caused by Mirena, the device migrated outside of her uterus to her abdominal cavity. O’Neill was later force to undergo a laparoscopy surgery in order to have the IUD removed from her body.
Sadly, uterine perforation and device migration are both side effects which can occur far too often among women who use a Mirena IUD for birth control. Other serious complications that have been linked to the birth control device include pain, bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, internal organ damage, and pregnancy complications.
Women who have been hurt while using Mirena may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries. Despite the growing number of women who have been injured by the IUD, neither Bayer nor the FDA has announced plans to recall Mirena from sale in the U.S.