If you knew that the Mirena IUD could perforate organs like the uterus, bladder, intestines, or bowel, would you agree to have it implanted? Many women say “no,” yet claim that manufacturer, Bayer, never warned them about the possibility that the device could cause these types of injuries.
The FDA approved Mirena in 2000 for use as a birth control solution. At the end of 2012, however, the number of complaints submitted to the agency related to Mirena IUD side effects had reached 45,000. Meanwhile, many women have filed a Mirena IUD lawsuit, seeking to hold Bayer liable for their injuries.
What is the Mirena IUD?
The Mirena IUD is a small, T-shaped device professional implanted in the uterus. Once there, it gradually releases small amounts of the progestin levonorgestrel, which causes changes in the uterus that prevent pregnancy.
The device has been linked to several Mirena side effects, however, including bleeding, infections, abscesses, pelvic inflammatory disease, intrauterine pregnancy, and infertility. One of the most common side effects is uterine perforation.
What is Mirena IUD Perforation?
Mirena IUD perforation occurs when the device punctures the uterus or another organ. This can occur during implantation or after the initial procedure, if the device migrates from its original position. Migration can result in the device becoming “lost,” after which it can travel around the pelvic organs and puncture the bladder, intestines, or bowel.
Women who are breastfeeding, have had past abortions or C-sections, or who have had other surgeries of the cervix are considered at an increased risk for Mirena IUD perforation.
What are the Symptoms of Mirena IUD Perforation?
Women who have suffered from Mirena IUD perforation may experience the following symptoms:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chills and fever
- Lower abdominal pain
- Bloating or rigidity in the abdomen
- Heavy vaginal bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Rapid heartbeat
When perforation occurs, if not treated immediately, it can lead to additional health complications. In particular, if the device travels outside the uterus, it may cause harm in other areas of the body. Problems may include:
- Intestinal obstruction
- Damage to other organs
- Tearing of the uterine wall
Treatment typically involves surgery to remove the device and repair the damage.
Considering a Mirena IUD Lawsuit
Manufacturers of medical devices are responsible for making sure those devices are properly tested and designed for public safety. Women who have suffered from Mirena IUD perforation may be eligible for a Mirena IUD lawsuit. A successful case can result in compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.
A Mirena IUD lawyer at Chaffin Luhana LLP is experienced in personal injury lawsuits, and after a thorough review of your case, can help you navigate the complicated legal journey toward a settlement or jury award. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation at 1-888-480-1123.