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Published: February 1st, 2013
The Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a form of birth control that is placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. However, a number of women have reported suffering serious and debilitating injuries associated with side effects of Mirena, where the IUD may perforate the uterus, migrate to other parts of the body, cause infections or other problems.
MIRENA LAWSUIT STATUS: Financial compensation may be available through a Mirena IUD lawsuit as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn about the risks associated with the device.
Mirena lawyers are reviewing potential claims for women throughout the United States who have suffered:
- Perforation or Puncture of the Uterine Wall
- Migration of the Mirena IUD Outside the Uterus
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Surgical Removal of the IUD Due to Complications
OVERVIEW: The Mirena IUD, which is sometimes referred to as an IUS (intrauterine system), is a long-acting, hormonal contraceptive. The IUD is inserted into the uterus to disrupt the egg and sperm. Merina also releases levonorgestrel, a progestin, which helps keep the woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs.
Mirena was approved by the FDA in 2000, and use has grown in recent years amid heavy promotion of Mirena as a hassle-free form of birth control that lasts for 5 years or longer. The manufacturer has been attempting to promote Mirena IUD to appeal to younger and younger women and girls, despite serious risks that they may not be adequately disclosing or warning about.
Although the Mirena warning labels do indicate that there is a risk of perforation, the information provided to consumers and the medical community suggests that such problems only occur during insertion of the IUD, which is misleading and inaccurate. A large number of women have experienced “spontaneous” Mirena IUD perforations that may occur years after the device was inserted.
As a result of a failure to warn about these problems, women may not detect that the Mirena has moved out of place, which may further increase the risk of infection or injury to nearby organs. In many cases, women have required surgery to remove Mirena IUD from their body.
MIRENA IUD PROBLEMS: A number of potentially serious problems and complications have been associated with Mirena IUD side effects, some of which the manufacturer may not have adequately researched or warned about, including:
- Uterus Perforation: Mirena may puncture the uterus or embed in the uterine wall. Mirena IUD perforation can cause internal scarring, infection or damage to other organs and may result in the need for surgery.
- Migration: Delayed detection of a perforation may allow the Mirena IUD to migrate through the intraabdominal cavity, potentially resulting in intestinal peforations, intestinal obstruction, absecesses or adhesions.
- Expulsion: Partial or complete expulsion of Mirena IUD may occur. It may be more common among younger women using Mirena IUD, women who have not had children or women who have the device inserted immediately after childbirth or abortion.
- Infection: As a result of infection from Mirena IUD, women could suffer serious scarring that may deminish fertility or their ability to conceive, and in severe cases infection may be life-threatening and result in death from Mirena.
BAYER ADVERTISING WARNING: In December 2009, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer over its promotions of Mirena. The FDA accused the drug manufacturer of overstating the efficacy of Mirena, presenting unsubstantiated claims, minimizing the risks of Mirena and using false and misleading presentations.
The FDA accused Bayer of organizing live in-home Mirena promotional events that claimed that the use of the IUD would improve couples’ relationships and sex lives. They also blasted the company for telling women that using Mirena would help them “look and feel great.” The FDA said that there was no evidence the device did any such thing.
The FDA also pointed out that at least 5% of Mirena IUD recipients reported decreased libido in clinical trials, which would certainly not help a couple’s intimacy or sex life. They also noted that women using Mirena had reported side effects including irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts, back pain, weight increase, breast pain and tenderness, and acne. None of those things will help someone look or feel “great,” FDA officials said.