Mirena attorneys are reviewing potential Mirena birth control lawsuits for individuals that suffered IUD migration, uterine perforation or other serious Mirena side effects.
If you’ve suffered injuries you believe were caused by Mirena IUD, contact a defective drug attorney at Burnetti, P.A. to discuss your potential claim.
What is Mirena IUD
The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is a reversible method of birth control manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. The Mirena IUD consists of a small, plastic t-shaped device that is implanted into the uterus by a healthcare provider where it may remain for up to five (5) years. The IUD slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestogen, to prevent pregnancy. The U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Mirena IUD in 2000 for intrauterine contraception and later expanded approval for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in women seeking to use an IUD as their method of contraception.
Mirena Side Effects
Some women who have had Mirena implanted experience serious or even life-threatening side effects, including:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Birth of a child with a birth defect
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Embedment of the IUD in the uterine wall
- Erosion of adjacent areas, such as the vagina
Spontaneous migration is one of the most serious Mirena side effects, and occurs when the edges of the IUD erode and puncture or slice into the uterus (perforation). The device may also drift outside the uterus and into the women’s abdominal cavity, potentially causing severe complications, including:
- Intestinal perforation
- Intestinal obstruction
- Erosion of adjacent internal organs (bowel, liver, spleen, etc.)
Symptoms of Mirena migration include:
- Lost threads
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Spotting or bleeding
- Blood in the urine
- Recurrent urinary tract infection
If the Mirena IUD should become lodged in the abdominal cavity, or if perforates other organs, surgical repair is often needed to remove the device. Depending on the amount of damage caused by the Mirena migration, a complete hysterectomy may be required – and more serious complications may even result in death.
Failure to Communicate Mirena Risks
In 2009, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer Pharmaceuticals stating their sponsored links on internet search engines failed to communicate any risk information associated with the use of Mirena, inadequately communicated the drugs’ indications, and overstated the efficacy of the drug.
In addition, Mirena’s label only warns of the potential for migration or perforation during the insertion/initial time period; however, it fails to warn users that migration or perforation may also occur at later point during the IUD’s 5-year life span.
Do I Have a Mirena Lawsuit?
Mirena attorneys are reviewing potential Mirena lawsuit claims. Women who have suffered serious complications from the IUD may be able to receive financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you suffered injuries you believe may have been caused by the Mirena IUD, contact Burnetti, P.A. for a free, no-obligation consultation of your eligibility to file a Mirena birth control lawsuit.