The hormonal intrauterine device (“IUD”) Mirena used for birth control has been linked to a risk of potentially life threatening side effects. Women who use the Mirena IUD may be at risk of developing serious complications from the device, including injuries that may require surgical repair.
The Mirena IUD is a small plastic T-shaped frame that is inserted into the uterus through the cervix by a medical professional. The device can be left in place to prevent contraception for up to five years.
Some women who use Mirena have experienced a perforation of their uterus caused by the T-shaped frame of the IUD. In some cases, Mirena can migrate outside of the uterus. This can lead to the perforation of other nearby organs or blood vessels.
In the event that Mirena moves outside of the uterus, surgery may be required in order to remove the device safely. Women who have experienced damage to their uterus caused by Mirena or other complications from the IUD may be forced to undergo a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus).
In some cases, the Mirena IUD can become embedded in the uterine wall, making it difficult to remove the device from the body. Some patients have also experienced infections or adhesions caused by perforations from the IUD or the migration of the device outside the uterus.
Women who become pregnant with Mirena may face an additional risk of serious side effects that could jeopardize both their own health or that of their baby. According to warnings about Mirena by the Food and Drug Administration, about 50% of all pregnancies that occur among Mirena users are ectopic pregnancies. This condition, in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, is extremely dangerous to the health of the mother.
Mirena can also increase a woman’s risk of suffering a miscarriage. In some cases, the complications caused by the IUD during pregnancy can cause infertility, making it impossible for the woman to bear children in the future.
Other side effects linked to the use of Mirena include:
Women who have experienced these or other Mirena side effects may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries. Several Mirena lawsuits have already been filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals accusing the company of understating the risk of complications with Mirena and misleading women about the safety of the IUD.
To find out more about Mirena lawsuits involving complications from the IUD and to learn if you may be eligible to file a case, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form on this page and one of our representatives will be in touch with you as soon as possible.