The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped plastic device used to help prevent pregnancy in women. Mirena is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Bayer), and it was approved by the FDA in 2000. Recently, women have been coming forward to file a Mirena IUD lawsuit. These women claim that Mirena caused them serious complications and injuries.
When Mirena was released on the market, Bayer warned about possible Mirena IUD side effects like spotting, headaches, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, and breast tenderness. Since Mirena’s release, post-marketing reports have shown additional, more serious effects. Women who suffer from more serious complications may benefit from a consultation with a Mirena lawyer.
Women Report Serious Mirena IUD Side Effects
According to the FDA, adverse event reports associated with the Mirena IUD include the following:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Embedment of the device into the uterine wall
- Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
- Ectopic pregnancy (the fertilized egg grows outside the uterus)
- Intrauterine pregnancy (pregnancy with the Mirena IUD in place)
- Organ perforation
- Intestinal perforations or obstructions
- Erosion of adjacent areas, like the vagina
Women experiencing any of the serious Mirena IUD side effects noted above may require surgery to have the Mirena device removed. Such surgeries can result in scarring, and may affect a woman’s fertility.
First Mirena IUD Lawsuit Filed
In April 2012, a woman from Ohio filed the first Mirena IUD lawsuit. She claimed that she had to undergo a hysteroscopy to remove the Mirena IUD after it migrated from the location where it was implanted.
Since then, other women have come forward to file Mirena IUD lawsuits. Many of these women filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County. Bayer seeks to centralize the litigation in New Jersey, stating that it will help conserve judicial resources and avoid duplicative discovery and inconsistent rulings.
The Mirena IUD releases the hormone levonorgestrel to help reduce a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. This hormone and the device itself, which disrupts the egg and sperm, work together to discourage pregnancy. The device may be used for up to five years.
Seeking a Consultation with a Mirena IUD Lawyer
Women who suffered serious injuries after being implanted with the Mirena IUD may be eligible for a Mirena IUD lawsuit. A free consultation with a Mirena IUD lawyer can help focus the facts in your case, and may reveal claims that can be made against the manufacturer. Contact Chaffin Luhana LLP for a free and confidential case evaluation at 1-888-480-1123.