Although the hormonal intrauterine device Mirena is designed to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant, the device is not always 100% effective. Women who become pregnant while being treated with Mirena may be at risk for a number of serious side effects that can jeopardize both their own health and that of their baby.
According to a warning by the Food and Drug Administration, half of all women who become pregnant while taking Mirena will experience an ectopic pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the uterus. Because this condition is life-threatening to the mother, ectopic pregnancies cannot continue to term. The developing cells must be removed before the area around the ectopic pregnancy ruptures.
Even in the case of an intrauterine pregnancy—a normal pregnancy in which the fetus develops inside the uterus—Mirena may cause complications that could place the pregnancy at risk. In cases where the fetus begins to develop while the device is still present in the uterus, a Mirena IUD may cause a miscarriage or premature birth. Some women who become pregnant while using Mirena may also suffer a septic abortion caused by a serious blood infection known as septicemia.
Because of the health risks associated with becoming pregnant while using Mirena, a doctor may try to remove the IUD for women who become pregnant, even though this could increase the risk of miscarriage. Women who elect to continue their pregnancy without removing Mirena are at risk of severe infection, premature delivery, miscarriage, and death.
The FDA has also warned that Mirena may lead to permanent infertility for women who become pregnant while using the IUD. In some cases, Mirena users have been forced to undergo a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) as a result of side effects caused by the device.
Women who have experienced complications during pregnancy caused by Mirena—including miscarriage, infertility, or other side effects—may be eligible to file a case. Mirena lawsuits filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of the birth control device, have alleged that the company overstated the benefits of using Mirena while failing to properly alert women about the health risks they may face.
To receive a free legal consultation from an attorney and learn more about filing a lawsuit involving Mirena, contact the lawyers at the firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson. You can reach use by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.