Mirena IUD Caused Blindspots In Vision and Other Health Problems, Lawsuit Alleges

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Bayer Healthcare faces new allegations that the side effects of the Mirena IUD birth control implant caused a woman to suffer blindspots in her vision, severe headaches and other health consequences caused by a medical condition known as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). 

In a product liability complaint (PDF) filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Katelynn Hammond indicates that only about a year after the Mirena IUD was implanted for long-term birth control, she developed a dangerous buildup of fluid pressure on her brain and optic nerves.

Known as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), or idiopathic intracranial hemorrhage (IIH), the condition involves elevated levels of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain, which typically produces severe headaches, visual disturbances and other problems. While the fluid pressure may be resolved, the PTC/IIH may result in permanent vision problems if irreversible damage is suffered to the optic nerve.

Hammond is 27 years old, indicating that she had a Mirena intrauterine devices (IUD) placed in her uterus in May 2014. The IUD involves a T-shaped plastic implant, which releases the progestin levonorgestrel, which is also found in other birth control products. However, unlike certain forms of levonorgestrel birth control, Bayer failed to warn that women may face a risk of pseudotumor cerebri, or disclose the importance of monitoring Mirena users for blindspots, headaches and other symptoms.

A little more than a year after the Mirena IUD was implanted, Hammond indicates that she required emergency room treatment due to headaches and blurry vision in July 2015. While an MRI was initially unable to detect the cause of her problems, she was later diagnosed with IIH/PTC after a lumbar puncture.

According to allegations raised in the lawsuit, the condition has caused Hammond to suffer headaches, floaters and blind spots in her vision, sharp pains at the base of the skull, nausea and vomiting.

Hammond’s claim joins a growing number of Mirena IUD lawsuits filed in courts nationwide, each raising similar allegations that women may have avoided serious injuries if adequate information had been provided.

“There is currently no treatment to reverse permanent injury to the optic nerves caused by increased intracranial pressure,” Hammond’s lawsuit notes. “Because of this, treatment of PTC or IIH is focused on halting visual loss that has already occurred.”

In late April 2017, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established coordinated pretrial proceedings for all cases brought by women diagnosed with PTC/IIH from the Mirena birth control implant, centralizing the claims before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Englemayer in the Southern District of New York.

As Mirena lawyers continue to review and file PTC/IIH claims for women nationwide, it is expected that the size and scope of the litigation will continue to grow over the coming weeks and months.

It is expected that Judge Englemayer will establish a bellwether program as part of the coordinated proceedings, where a small group of cases will be prepared for early trial dates to help gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout the litigation.

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  1. Mattie Reply

    I had a mirena implant removed, because it grew into my uterus. It also caused heavier bleeding. My fibroid tumors grew larger. I suffered with severe headaches, but the doctors diagnosed me with migraine headaches. I had floaters really bad, but once again at the VA , I was told that with age, the floaters were common. Well in 2015, I had a hysterectomy and the fibroids weighed one pound each. My floaters have dissipated and my headaches are not as frequent. I have yet to be told why I had all of these problems, but after the removal of the mirena and a total hysterectomy, my problems have diminished. It’s ironic how, trying to control heavy periods caused other, more severe problems and pain.

  2. Tara Reply

    I had the Mirena IUD, about a year later it caused a puncture wound in my uterus which lead to heavy bleeding and anemia. After crazy amounts of bleeding and illness it was removed due to infection. Myvinfection was so bad I spent months in the hospital and a week with my stomach cut wide open in order to drain the infection. I had a blood transfusion and had a softball size infection that resulted in a complete and total hysterectomy. When I left the hospital I was still on antibiotics for four months.

  3. Kristin Reply

    I had the merina IUD out in April 2015 after my daughter was born. We decided to expand our family in June of 2017. July 2017 I had my IUD removed. The nurse had a difficult time removing it, she had to try three times with three different instruments. The cramping was terrible. Since that time, almost a month to today, I have experienced excessive vomiting, stomach pains, fearful to eat, a significant loss of weight, floaters, double vision, seeing stars and lack of energy. Concerned I went to my OBGYN who did a pregnancy test (negative) and full blood panel which shows nothing alarming. I was refered to a GI Dr and a nutritionist. I know something is not right in my body. Seeing this is very disturbing and I want to investigate this further.

  4. Bobi Reply

    I had it years ago, and it made my cycles horrid, the cramps we’re the worst, then, while it was in I got pregnant with twins. Developed fibroids and had to have a hysterectomy. Sucked

  5. lisa Reply

    Im still waiting for the early menopause lawsuits! After I had the mirena removed. I was told that I was post menopausal at 31 yrs old

  6. Roe Reply

    I had this in 2011 and it fell out in the toilet bowl at work. I was in so much pain. I did not know what was happening. Went to the restroom..and it just came out. I had to stick my hand in the toilet to retrieve it. And brought it to my doc. He checked to make sure nothing was still inside
    Every sonar them I have the worst menstrual..bad cramps ..big clots..heavy bleeding headaches..throwing up. I regret even trying this

  7. Nicole Reply

    I had a mirena implanted and within 3 months I developed svt of my heart. Numerous stress tests and having to wear a haulter monitor for 30 days, my cardiologist thought I might need to get an ablation of my heart. I read one of these mirena articles and decided to get mine removed. Within 3 weeks my heart issues stopped! I still have a slightly elevated heart rate than I did, but nothing that needed medical attention. The thought that I almost had heart surgery when it was caused by mirena is scary. on another note I’ve since had to have an endometrial ablation because my bleeding was so heavy after removal that I almost passed out from blood loss. DON’T USE THIS PRODUCT!

  8. Samantha Reply

    I’ve had 10-14 day period cycles with a heavy flow since I was 11. My mom always had a heavy period so as a young adult I was told this was normal for me. When I started having two periods a month I said no more. My doctor said enough is enough lets do something. Ive had two kids, my tubes tied, and big fibroids. I have the Mirena IUD. I love my IUD. I never knew what “spotting” meant until I got this. I did not own a single pair or white pants my whole life till I got this. No more buying pads in bulk. Now I can wear a tampon without a panty liner. All things that sounded ridiculous or scary before. Im free. As it turns out my mother has had three in the last 20 years. No more anemia for us. I am so grateful for the Mirena IUD. It has given me part of my life back that I didn’t know I was missing. So while I understand side effects happen for some people. I think it’s important to understand that they do not for a great majority.

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