Mirena IUD Lawsuits

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A number of women have reported suffering serious and debilitating injuries from side effects of Mirena IUD, where the implanted birth control increases fluid pressure in the brain, causing migraines and permanent vision loss. There are also claims that it perforates the uterus, migrates to other areas of the body and causes infections or other problems.

MIRENA IUD 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.


Lawyers are reviewing potential Mirena cases for women throughout the United States who have suffered:


OVERVIEW: Mirena, which is sometimes referred to as an IUD (Intrauterine Device) or IUS (Intrauterine System) is a long-acting form of birth control that is placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD disrupts the connection between the egg and sperm, and Merina also releases levonorgestrel, a progestin that 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 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.

MIRENA LITIGATION STATUS UPDATE: 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 complications that may occur years after the device was inserted.

Lawsuits over Mirena migration problems have been centralized at the state level in New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County as part of an MCL, or Multicounty Litigation. At the federal level, all Mirena IUD injury lawsuits have been centralized and consolidated for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in the Southern District of New York. In August 2016, Judge Seibel dismissed all federal Mirena IUD migration lawsuits, but state lawsuits and claims of other injuries, like pseudotumor cerebri, were unaffected.

However, in April 2017, all Mirena pseudotumor cerebri lawsuits were consolidated in a new MDL in the U.S. District Court for Southern New York before District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer

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:

  • Pseudotumor cerebri/idiopathic intracranial hypertension: An increase in cerebrospinal fluid which causes pressure on the skull, resulting in migraines, vision loss and other problems.
  • 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.

An analysis released in May 2013 by a private company found that the FDA had received more than 47,000 reports of Mirena IUD injuries and complications between November 1997 and late August 2012. Most of the problems involved the Mirena being expelled from women’s bodies, migrating to different locations, or causing vaginal hemorrhaging.

A report issued by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in January 2018 found that the number of adverse events reported to the FDA involving the Mirena IUD outnumbered reports concerning all other leading birth control methods combined.

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.

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  1. Christina Reply

    I had IUD inseted. Having health problems tried 3 different doctors in 12 months 4 attempts for removal no luck. Had surgery and surgery unsuccessful. Now to remove I need to have a full or partial hysterectomy. Never was warned these horrible situations. Just percentage of becoming pregnant not ever being able to bare children again let alone the many health issues. Doctor is saying that if I get a full are partial hysterectomy surgery that I could Hemorrhage to death.

  2. Sarah Reply

    I got a Mirena iud in fall of 2019, to help with very heavy periods that started coming 2/month. I immediately had spotting only, and then no periods at all. This is more convenient, though I am uncertain as to whether this is healthy. And my blood pressure has gone from consistently healthy to very high nearly daily. My head throbs and I can feel my pulse throughout my entire body. I also have very strange intermittent blurred vision that keeps me from working for days. I am a photographer so this is an unacceptable side effect. Wondering if it’s related to the HBP… and the Mirena. This string of comments while anecdotal, is beyond alarming.

  3. Jennifer Reply

    I had the Mirena inserted For about 5 months and one day I passed out at work because I started bleeding horrifically got to the hospital and found out that not only had I gotten pregnant but my IUD I had perforated my uterus and they couldn’t stop the bleeding I was .02% away from having to have full blood transfusion because I had bled nearly to death. Needless to say I lost the baby and almost my life and had to have surgery to stop the bleeding remove the deceased fetus and save my life also to remove the IUD I was severely infected and have had this type of thing happened to me two times since then both times I tried to get pregnant I almost bled to death because of the damage that the IUD did to my uterus and cervix. My doctor says I will never have children and even though I can get pregnant I will never be able to carry to term and I will always lose the baby in a very dangerous manner all thanks to the Mirena iud

  4. Rebecca Reply

    My 12 year old daughter has PCOS, her doctor recommended that we do a birth control to help control her periods and to help with her hormone imbalance. We went to her post opp appointment after her Mirena was placed on November 1, 2019, they did an ultrasound to check the placement and her IUD is sideways with one arm of the BC bent backwards and pushed into her uterine wall. The radiologist stated he has never seen anything like this in his career. The doctor is removing the Mirena, they don’t know if it has perforated her uterine wall or not. She has had excessive bleeding since placement. I would not recommend anyone for this product. She is already going to have issues having children in the future, if this product damages her uterus to the point where she can’t have children at all, it will be devastating.

  5. Iesha Reply

    I had got the IUD stop my heavy periods but it came out and left damaged my insides

  6. Desire' Reply

    I got the Mirena inserted in 2017 and still have it implanted. But since then my eye sight has decreased causing me to have to wear glasses now, I have extreme back pain, I have a lot of mood changes, Depression, Headaches/migraines, EXTREME loss of interest in sex, missed periods, and I have gained AT LEAST 80 lbs if not more since the implantation (even dieting and exercising but I’m still gaining weight!).

  7. Tania Reply

    I have had the Mirena IUD for a little over a year, and it has been one of the worst experiences in my life. Literally only a few days in and my stomach was more bloated than usual. Within 3-4 months I had gained over 30 pounds. I have always maintained the weight 110-115 pounds for 6 years. Now it has been over a year and I weight almost 190 pounds which is devastating. I have no idea why I’m gaining this much weight, cause I have never been this unhealthy. I have tried dieting and drinking water only but I’m still gaining weight.
    Recently I went to the ER because of chest pains that I have consistently for 2 weeks, like if my heart kept skipping beats and have rapid heart rates. I have had a sore throat for almost 2 months, just in general health problems.
    They said my thyroid (TSH) count was a little above average.
    I asked if it was my IUD causing it and they said it was unlikely but I feel in my heart that this is causing my problems. The reason I wanted the IUD is because of my bad cramps. But this caused way more abdominal pain and psychological suffering. It does have benefits like having light periods or none at all, Or not having to worry about getting pregnant.
    The reason I still have it because the doctors said it’s not my IUD causing this, or maybe it’s just a phase my body is experiencing. I need more doctor’s opinions on this before taking this device out, cause I feel like it is not normal.

  8. Mae Reply

    I had my implant around nov2014-Jan2015 and can’t remember exactly when it was removed a year after or April of 2015. I had never had any complications prior to it just didn’t want to get pregnant 6years down the road with a surprise. My periods almost completely stopped and on Easter Day I had a horrible migraine and abdominal pain. Went to the er and nothing was said to me. I had it removed immediately as possible afterwards by the dr who put it in and she didn’t want to remove it but I made them. Since then I have not had those migraines but I have had heavy flow with a Diagnosis Of Adenomyosis now. Which is very painful and I have to take medication to help it. I don’t recommend it for someone who may want children later in life at all.

  9. Katrice Reply

    I got the Mirena IUD in 2014. After gaining about 60 pounds and loosing most of my hair I went to have the IUD removed. When I went to my doctor, initially they could not find it. I was sent for two different ultrasounds (abdominal and vaginal) and they still could not locate it. After this my physician insisted that I expelled the IUD. However I knew that my body was still reacting to the hormones. My physician then sent me for an X-ray. The X-ray revealed that the IUD had migrated and was now in my lower abdomen. In order to have the IUD I had to have the removed I had to receive surgery. I was put to sleep and put in a breathing machine with tubes down my throat. I had two incisions on in my belly button and one on the right side of my stomach. Since having the device removed I am still struggling with my weight and my hair is extremely thin. My body has never been the same

  10. Casey Reply

    I had mirena iud and my memory loss is unbelievable.. I struggle to remember alot. Once I had it removed my uterus was torn during removal.. I am still trying to figure out how to file a lawsuit against them.. any help??

  11. Desiree Reply

    I had mirena twice. I got it re.oved the first time because I had bad cramps and mood swing. I got pregnant shortly after and almost lost my son as i was induced for 5 days for and emergency delivery and my cervix would not dilate at all. I demanded a c section and i got another mirena put in smh worst decision ever. Now 4 years later i have been teyong to get ot removed for 9 months. I have migranes blurred vision. I have increased csf pressure and a large cyst in my pineal gland in my brain. I have an irregular heartbeat that has an “unexplained” cause and i also have repeated infections. I believe all caused by mirena. Now my cervix still wont dilate or open enough for it to be removed, strings cant be located, & my uterus is detaching from my uteran wall which will eventually cause it to prolapse. I hate bayer and i hate my choice to trust in mirena

  12. Meghan Reply

    I had my Mirena IUD placed for first time use on June 8, 2020. I had it removed July 23, 2020. First day of placement, I was crippled with a migraine that lasted 3 days (never get migraines) and followed by a pulsated windy sound in my right ear. I would continue to get a lingering headache every week and the ear became constant and worse over time. I also got an ache in my left leg and vision seemed blurry once in a while. My doctor thinks I got a reaction to the hormone and had it immediately removed after my 6-8 week check up. I consider myself a healthy person but I did not feel myself while using this IUD.

  13. Brenda Reply

    I had the mirena put in August 2017. I was having heavy bleeding issues and my Dr felt this would be better then a ablation. I wish I’d gotten the ablation. Since the placement I’ve gained close to seventy five pounds. Still gaining. I’ve done everything to lose weight. Can’t. I keep gaining instead along with the weight gain,my emotions are all over the place, I can’t focus or stay focused on one task so working has been let’s say very hard very challenging. Along with all that I just got out of the Hospital for pancreaitis and had to have my gall bladder removed. I feel that all my problems I’m having are due to the mirena. Everything I stated and even more issues all began within two weeks of getting this thing. The only good thing is im not bleeding anymore. Which is why I still have it in. I’m struggling to find a Dr who can remove it and give me a hysterectomy or a ablation. In scared of the crash I hear will happen after wards. Im already dealing with emotional issues that started after I had it put in. A crash of my hormones would be very devastating to me I feel. Don’t any one get this thing! It’s terrible. Oh ya and my sex drive is negative zero since having it put in.

  14. Jessica Reply

    My Mirena migrated into the left portion of my body cavity and I had to have surgery to have it removed

  15. ANTONIA Reply

    my mirena was in for over ten years, kept asking my gynae to revove it. turns out it was embeded. he pulled so hard for over a minute, i could feel my womb and ovaries being dragged down. he tore my uterus. i bled heavily for 3 days so went to doctor who gave me antibiotics. my gynae ignored me for 2 half years, ive been in constant pain, and he ruined my repair, now have prolapse and lump on cervix. they wont even look at my smear pap test as im negative for hpv. im suing, LOOKING FOR A LAWYER

  16. Shaunon Reply

    I had the mirena for 3 1/2 years. I didn’t realize how much it was affecting my health. I’ve recently had it removed July 13 2021. The doctor sent out the mirena to be tested it came back saying it had grown out a bacteria but most woman did not require treatment.. Well I did require it. I had some antibiotics that I just started taking because I do not have health insurance. I would like to get the word out of how much damage this has caused me mentally and physically

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